WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and no doubt Westchester residents would agree. Celebrations kick off early -- starting now -- and run for a full two weeks, providing plenty of opportunities to get your green on.
A sampling of events follows. Feel free to add more by sharing your comments on our Facebook page or adding your own to our calendar listings (it's free!).
Saturday, March 12
White Plains will hold its 19th Annual White Plains St. Patrick’s Day parade with William Bertram as Grand Marshall. The parade steps off at noon and goes up Mamaroneck Avenue and onto Main Street. The celebration continues post parade where nearby venues will be offering corned beef and cabbage along with lots of Irish music and dance. Information: www.whiteplainssaintpatricksday.com/ .
The 27th Peekskill St. Patrick's Day parade starts at 3 p.m. starting on First Street and heading to South, Division and Main. The reviewing stand is on the corner of Park and James. A special Mass will take place at 1:30 at the Assumption Church where all are welcome. Information: www.facebook.com/peekskillstpatrickscommittee/ .
Mount Kisco's 26th annual parade starts at 2 p.m. on Main St. Information: www.aohdiv16.org/ .
Sunday, March 13
Eastchester's parade steps off at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception School, and continues north to Lake Isle Country Club. The festival and installation of the parade’s Grand Marshal, however, starts earlier, at Mulino's at Lake Isle on Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Here, Helene Murtha Dooley, Eastchester resident and local librarian who can trace her family roots back to 1800s' Ireland, will be inducted. Information: www.eastchesterirish.org/ .
The 40th annual Northern Westchester/Putnam parade -- the third largest parade in New York -- steps off at 2 p.m. at the Mahopac Firehouse and is dedicated to Army Staff Sgt. Jimmy McNaughton Gold Star Families and Sgt. Eddie Ryan (USMC) Wounded Warrior. Information: www.SaintPatricksDayParade.net/ .
Main Street in Tarrytown celebrates the Emerald Isle when its annual parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street. The route proceeds north on Route 9 to Sleepy Hollow. This year is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising and features a 10 a.m. Mass at The Church of the Transfiguration (268 S. Broadway). Information: Tom Kennedy (914) 693-0192 or Paul Clarke at (914) 588-7777.
Enjoy a festive afternoon of Celtic, classical and popular pieces courtesy of the Westchester Harp Ensemble and the New Rochelle Public Library. All performances are free and open to the public. Information: email@example.com.
Monday, March 14
The flavor of Ireland shines in Tony Kenny's Irish Celebration matinee and evening performances at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford. The concert is a mixture of Irish music, folk songs, comedy and Irish dancing. Information: (914) 592-2222 or www.broadwaytheatre.com/ .
Saturday, March 19
Show your Irish pride when the Yonkers parade kicks off on McLean Avenue at 1 p.m. The event starts near Bronx River Road, before marching west on McLean Avenue, ending at Coyne Park. This year's Grand Marshal is Patrick Quinn, advocate for ALS and Ice Bucket Challenge. Information: www.yonkersstpatricksparade.org/ .
Sunday, March 20
Mamaroneck's Sound Shore's parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Mamaroneck Avenue and features Grand Marshal Jim Sullivan. Information: www.soundshoreparade.com/ .
Watch Irish stepping at its best with a performance by the Rhythm in the Night dance troupe. The 90-minute spectacle features a tale of good versus evil told through dance. The performance is at the Academic Arts Theatre on the Valhalla campus at Westchester Community College. Information: (914) 606-6262 or www.sunywcc.edu/SmartArts/ .