Shamrocks on the rock

St. Paddy’s Day celebrations on the Island.

James Joyce, playing the bagpipes, and parade marshall John Murray lead the marchers onto Dock Street. — Teresa Kruszewski

This year’s St. Paddy’s Day is sure to be filled with shamrocks and shenanigans, as events across the Island celebrate the patron saint of Ireland.

So put on your leprechaun hat, green beads, and green shutter shades, and check out some of these great happenings.

On March 15 (the Friday before St. Paddy’s Day), the Comedy Lounge at the Barn Bowl and Bistro will hold a night of hilarity centered around Irish and Italian comedy. Corned beef versus capicola? Guinness versus Chianti? Gaelic versus garlic? You can decide.

The comedy will start at 8:30 and go till 10:30 pm. The event welcomes New York comedians Tom Briscoe and Mark Riccadonna, and will be hosted by Boston’s own Gary Marino.

Acoustic rocker Johnny Mac will provide the Irish tunes for folks to sing and dance along to, and will even play some classic rock ’n’ roll. Experience a night of comedy and a sham-rocking good time to benefit the MVRHS DECA Club.

And of course, you can’t forget the St. Paddy’s Day parade on Saturday, March 16, in Edgartown. The parade meets at the Yacht Club at 11 am. The procession will go down Dock Street toward Memorial Wharf, then take a left onto Kelley Street, moving toward the Newes Pub.

A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, starting at 5:30 and going till 6:30 pm. Admission to the dinner is $15 for adults, and $7 for children.

Also on the Saturday before St. Paddy’s Day is a Spring Fling at the P.A. Club, starting at 6 pm and going till 11:30 pm, featuring music from Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart, along with the Space Invaders. A silent auction will also be available for people to bid on some great prizes. Admission is $15, and all proceeds benefit the M.V. Public Charter School.

The M.V. Film Center is hosting an Irish Culture Night on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17, that will celebrate the rich history and culture of Ireland and its people.

Molly Conole will use her beautiful singing voice to honor the beauty of Irish culture and artistic expression. Enjoy traditional Irish treats like soda bread and scones, and have a taste of some Bailey’s Irish Cream prior to a showing of a feature film celebrating Irish filmmaking.

Liam O’Callaghan’s Irish pottery, inspired by Celtic legends, will be on display, and Elaine Cawley Weintraub will share stories of mystical Irish folklore and magic.

Offshore Ale Co. will have its own Irish celebration all day. There will be Irish food specials like corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash. Live music performers will play songs of Ireland from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and Irish drink specials are sure to keep the luck flowing.