St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Concerts, and Events in Upstate, NY
Kick up your heels: Celtic music and dance invade Valley venues in 2012
Easy to be green: A “leprechaun” leads a bagpipe band in the St. Pat’s parade in Albany
Photograph by Sebastien Barre (http://barre.me)
St. Patrick’s Day Events:
March 3: Celtic Heels Irish Dance This local troupe performs authentic jigs and reels, accompanied by lively instrumentals to create a modern, family-friendly show. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. March 16-18: Solas An Lae Based in New York, this American Irish dance company performs “Soul,” an all-new production that synthesizes step work, choreography, and theatrical video montages to a score of contemporary Celtic, jazz, classical and world music. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20, $18 seniors & children • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org
March 4: Rhythm of the Dance Contemporary Irish dance and music combine in this electrifying show, which recounts the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. 3 p.m. $42.50, $31.87 youth. • Lycian Centre for the Performing Arts. 1351 Kings Hwy., Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287 or www.lyciancentre.com
March 7: Celtic Crossroads Seven world-class musicians and some of Ireland’s most respected dancers bring authentic Irish music to America. Traditional Celtic rhythms — as well as bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz music — are all punctuated by high-stepping Irish dance. 7:30 p.m. $20-$34, $17 students. • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038 or www.troymusichall.org
March 14: Celtic Woman “Believe” This all-female singing group gives a Celtic twist to pop anthems, inspirational songs, and classic Irish tunes, The nine vocalists are backed by a six-piece band and a spectacle of Irish dancing. 7:30 p.m. $33-$63. March 28: Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance It’s a classic tale of good versus evil performed in true Irish style. Flatley’s award-winning show is steeped in mythical Irish folklore and is brought to life through lively dance performances and dramatic music. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$54.50. • Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-4663 or www.palacealbany.com
March 16: Enter the Haggis This Canadian Celtic rock band, which fuses indie and folk into its sound, debuts Whitelake. The group’s ninth album is an instrumental dynamo of fiddles, trumpets, bagpipes, and roots-rock rhythms. 8 p.m. $24. • The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845 or www.theegg.org
March 17: Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul Ivers — an award-winning Celtic fiddler with more 80 albums and many movie scores to her credit — was the original musical star of Riverdance. She and her ensemble perform traditional and contemporary music in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 8 p.m. $25-$45. • Paramount Center for the Arts. 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org
March 18: Women of Ireland Ireland’s ethnic music and dance is performed by the next generation of the country’s female artists. 3 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. • West Point’s Eisenhower Hall Theatre. 655 Ruger Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159 or www.ikehall.com
Northern Westchester & Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m.
Stepping off at Mount Hope Road and Route 6 in Mahopac, this annual parade celebrates the Emerald Isle through the participation of local organizations, clubs, high school bands, and dancers. www.saintpatricksdayparade.net
Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m.
With traditional Irish food and music, this yearly spectacle has more than 3,000 participants and includes Irish dancers, bagpipe bands, and floats. It begins at St. Mary’s Church in the village of Wappingers Falls. www.dcsppc.org
Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m.
The 63rd edition of this parade follows a new route this year, beginning at Quail Street and Central Avenue and traveling east to Washington Avenue. www.albanystpatricksdayparade.com
Kingston St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Ulster County’s largest parade forms up in the Kingston Plaza after the annual two-mile Shamrock Run road race. http://ulsteraoh.com/parade.htm
Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m.
This parade, which is the second largest in the state, celebrates its 50th year with floats, bands, and revelers in traditional Irish garb. It runs along Railroad Avenue in Pearl River.