It’s that time of the year again! That special time when everyone gets bedecked in holiday colors, decorates their homes and comes together to celebrate that mystic, historical event which brings joy to anyone who celebrates. No, not Christmas, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Cambridge is the perfect city to demonstrate your holiday cheer.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A Boston classic is the St. Patrick’s day parade, which snakes its way through the South End of Boston on the day of. Though this event does not take place in Cambridge proper, it’s a great way to kick off the beginning of your celebrations, starting at the Broadway T stop on the Red Line and parading 1.6 miles to finish at Farragut Square.
The parade is a full-on celebration of Irish culture and heritage in America, especially since it takes place in the South End, where many Irish immigrants first lived in the 19th century. In fact, this event has been going on since 1901, and is organized by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.
If you want to get immersed in Irish culture before you celebrate with the best of them, consider the Irish Film Festival, located in Davis Square, Somerville. This year’s project is “16 in 2016”, a look at Irish short films to coincide with the anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916. This event will take place over 4 days, from March 10th to March 13th.
This year’s gathering has the honor of Pat Shortt, the well-known Irish actor and comedian, visiting on March 12th to show some of his work and offer his own commentary. “16 in 2016” is being sponsored by numerous prestigious organizations, such as Culture Ireland and Rás na hÉireann USA 5K.
To round out your Irish experience in Cambridge, grab a bite to eat at many local establishments, such as the Asgard Irish Pub and Restaurant. Their food is a beautiful blend of local dishes and more authentic Irish options to give their diners a genuine and enjoyable experience.
For another fun night out experience, head over to The Druid at Inman Square. For over a decade, they’ve been under Irish management and have lunch, dinner and brunch options to sample, along with plenty of late-night entertainment.
If you’re looking to enjoy an Irish holiday in Cambridge, these are only a few options to choose from! From a low-key beer in a local pub to a citywide celebration that brings Irish culture to life, Cambridge has plenty of verdant choices to make this annual event memorable.
– Sarah Terhune, Intern