St. Patrick’s Day kicks off on-Island

Community celebrates the patron saint of Ireland with fun and festivities.

Anderson Cramer tosses candy from the Point B Realty car during the parade. — Gabrielle Mannino

There is a rich history of Irish culture on Martha’s Vineyard that continues to be honored and celebrated by many to this day. 

On March 17, the Island will be filled with green clovers, delicious food and drink, and lively Irish tunes, as we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day.

With so many different events going on, it might be difficult to plan your day. But not to worry, there is plenty of time to check out every event happening at libraries and churches around the Vineyard.

On Saturday before St. Paddy’s Day, on March 14, folks can head to the Oak Bluffs library for a special food craft at 10 am. Perfect for kids and families, this event allows children to exercise their creativity by assembling colorful rainbows using Froot Loops cereal and marshmallows to catch a leprechaun and get their very own pot of gold.

Also on March 14, don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Edgartown featuring talented local musicians playing traditional Irish music for everyone to sing and dance along to. Many will don traditional Irish dress, and there will be yummy themed food and drink available (as well as plenty of Irish cheer). The parade assembles at 11:30 am in the town parking lot near the Atlantic Restaurant and ends at the Newes Pub, but the festivities will continue throughout the day. 

On St. Paddy’s Day, gather at the Edgartown Council on Aging at noon to sing, dance, and party to some traditional Irish music with Sara Piazza. These tunes are sure to get you in the spirit. Call 508-627-4368 to register ahead of time, space is limited.

Another family event is the Edgartown School St. Paddy’s Day scavenger hunt at the end of the school day on March 17, featuring a surprise treat following the hunt. The event starts at 3 pm and goes for an hour. 

The First Baptist Church welcomes the community for a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the fixin’s. Meet in the church parish hall at 5 pm and enjoy savory melt-in-your-mouth corned beef prepared by talented local chef Robert Spinney. Children 12 and under eat for $8, and adults can partake for $17. Call 508-693-1539 for reservations. 

And for those who want to learn a little about an Irish subculture and a well-known Irish gay rights activist, the Vineyard Haven library hosts a documentary showing of “The Queen of Ireland,” following Ireland’s most famous drag queen, Panti Bliss. The show starts at 7 pm and goes until 8:30 pm. 

With such a variety of events happening in honor of St. Paddy’s Day, this year’s festivities are sure to get the luck of the Irish flowing in all of us.