Post-Parade: 5 Cool Ways to Fête St. Pat’s

From Gabriel Byrne to a crash course in Irish cuisine, where to go green

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The 12th Annual CRAIC Festival
March 10-14

The Fleadh Foundation’s CRAIC Festival returns March 10-14, showcasing Celtic cinema and music with a link to NYC. Highlights of this year’s fest include the U.S. premiere of “Perrier’s Bounty,” with Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, and a screening of/gala for the Pat Collins-directed documentary portrait “Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home." [more]

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, ca. 1855

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30PM

Foam leprechaun hats hadn’t been invented yet, but life still sucked for Irish servants in the mid-19th century. Get a firsthand glimpse with re-enactors at the Merchant’s House Museum, as maid Bridget Murphy gives you a tour of the fourth-floor servant’s quarters (usually off-limits) and regales you with stories of the Irish women who worked in the house (you’ll feel like a total whiner by comparison). Then: green tea punch, snacks and bagpipes. And yes, there’ll be booze. [more]

The Chieftans at Town Hall
Wednesday, March 17, 8PM

Six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains may be the current face of trad Irish music, but don’t write them off as a bunch of pan-fluting duffers: They continue to play with the genre, even inviting Ry Cooder to collaborate on their much-anticipated disc “San Patricio,” out March 9, which blends the musical heritages of Ireland and Mexico (and also features cameos from Liam Neeson, Linda Ronstadt, and others). They play the Town Hall on St. Patrick’s Day; expect special guests galore.

Irish New York Walking Tou
Saturday, March 13, 11AM

Did you know the wedge of NYC between City Hall and Houston Street used to be known as Little Ireland? In the 19th century, the neighborhood boasted more Irish residents than Dublin. Join history buffs for a special pre-St. Pat’s walking tour of Irish New York, which alights at spots like the first Catholic church in the city, the former home of gang slum Five Points, and more. [more

Corned Beef and Cabbage 101
Sunday March 14, 3PM

Some scoff at the phrase “Irish cuisine,” but the rest of us know there are few things as satisfying as a plate of, say, well-made corned beef and cabbage. That’s exactly what you’ll learn to make with Mindy Heiferling and the aid of a (don’t be scared, they don’t explode anymore) pressure cooker. Broadway Panhandler.


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