St. Patrick’s Day festivities start Saturday

John Robert Hill passes out balloons on St. Patrick's day in 2015. —Photo by Lynn Christoffers

St. Patrick’s Day is next Thursday, but several celebrations on the Vineyard begin this weekend. The Edgartown parade starts on Dock Street at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 12, followed by music, activities, and a Family Dance-a-Rama. The First Baptist Parish House in Vineyard Haven will host its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6 pm. The $12 ticket cost includes a complete meal with corn or soda bread, potatoes, carrots, dessert, and beverages, as well as Irish music. Guests who play a fiddle or fife are encouraged to join in. Takeout is also available. For more information, call 508-693-1539.