St. Patrick’s Day events

St. Patrick’s Day events

Bagpiper Tony Peak led last year's St. Patrick's Day parade in Edgartown. — File Photo by Susan Safford

Get your green on: St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Martha’s Vineyard will begin Saturday, March 15 in Edgartown, and continue through to Monday evening, March 17.

Edgartown St. Patrick’s Parade and Celebration:

St. Patrick’s Day kicks off in Edgartown on Saturday with the Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, hosted by the Kelley House and The Newes from America.

All are welcome to join in the “leprechaun-sized” St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning at 11 am on Dock Street.

The Morris Men of Boston will join the Vineyard Swordfish for dancing in Edgartown on Saturday.
The Morris Men of Boston will join the Vineyard Swordfish for dancing in Edgartown on Saturday.

The Vineyard Swordfish dance squad will be performing traditional English longsword dances in public spaces throughout the town. They will be joined by the Pinewoods Morris Men of Boston, a 50-year-old troupe that performs with handkerchiefs, sticks, and bells. There is no charge to view the dancing, which will be performed on a tentative schedule as follows: 11 am at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Edgartown Center; 1:30-2:30 pm at The Newes from America Pub; 2:45-4:00 pm at the Edgartown Library, and 4:30-5:30 pm back at The Newes from America Pub.

Family Dance-o-Rama, an all ages dance party, will take place at the Kelley House following the parade.

Island folk-rock group Good Night Louise will perform in the Chappy Room of the Kelley House from 9 pm to 12 am that evening.

Green balloons at retail and dining locations throughout Edgartown designate special sales and promotions for St. Patrick’s Day.

Wine and Beer Tasting

“Kicking off St. Patrick’s Day American style,” a wine tasting at the Portuguese-American club in Oak Bluffs from 6-9 pm on Saturday will include American wines and cheeses, Irish beers, light hors d’oeuvres, and a raw bar. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, call 508-693-9875.

Monday Dining Deals

Island restaurants will be serving up traditional St. Patrick’s Day meals and libations throughout the day on Monday.

The Wharf in Edgartown will serve corned beef and cabbage all day.

Offshore Ale Co. in Oak Bluffs will include Irish favorites on their menu for lunch and dinner. There will be live Irish music from 12 – 2:30 pm.


  1. Fascinating! Morris dancers on St Paddie’s Day, with a touch of the longsword. Would love to see them!

  2. How odd that they are using English traditional dancing to celebrate an Irish holiday :)

  3. If this were any other ethnic group there would be an uproar. “Celebrating” a holiday dedicated to their Patron Saint with a traditional dance of their historic enslavers and using a derogatory term (Paddie) would never happen without national news coverage. Thankfully the Irish have thick skins so this will be a non-issue.

    1. But it is an issue. Political correctness does not cover all people. Specifically my own!
      But of thick skins we are and would have to be after six hundred years of invasion, loss of political rights, loss of native language, loss of land rights, loss of the vote not to mention religious freedom!
      So who is to say once more we the Irish cannot be bastardized in political correctness! Ask the English if they would reay want to be one of us the 364 other days of the year

      1. And yet there is no uproar or even acknowledgement that anything is amiss here. Our resilience and sense of humor developed over past centuries of inhuman treatment is what carried us and will continue to do so. Many feel this is all ancient history but it is not. It just puzzles me that an event organizer would not see the absurdity in this.