FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and no doubt Fairfield County residents would agree. With the big day on Thursday, many residents are getting ready to step off at a parade, gather for a flag-raising and join friends for a celebration.
A sampling of local events follows:
Thursday, March 17
The Norwalk Police Emerald Society will hold its inaugural Norwalk St. Patrick's Day Parade with Mayor Harry Rilling as the grand marshal. It begins with a ceremony in front of Norwalk Police Headquarters at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m. The parade will feature the music of the Norwalk Emerald Society Pipe Band along with members of the Norwalk Police Department, Norwalk Fire Department, Norwalk Emergency Medical Service, Norwalk Veterans, O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Diageo float and much more. It will step off on South Main Street and proceed to North Main Street, ending on Pine Street.
Noon is the kick-off time for the 24th annual Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day parade led by Grand Marshal, Alanna Kabel of Bridgeport. The marchers will travel through downtown Bridgeport, beginning at Harbor Yard up Broad Street to Fairfield Avenue and return to Harbor Yard via Main Street. Information: www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com/ .
Stratford will raise the Irish flag at Town Hall at 9 a.m. ceremony, with remarks from Mayor John A. Harkins, elected officials and the “Irish Mayor for the Day,” who will be revealed at the ceremony. The fun also will include the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread Contest, “A For The Fun Of It” activity open to all Stratford residents who think "they" make the best Irish soda bread. Contestants are asked to bring their entries to Room 213 at Town Hall (second floor) at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at Town Hall.
Stamford's Tigin Irish Pub (175 Bedford St.) will be celebrating all day from the time it opens at 10 a.m. till whenever it closes at night. Expect live music and plenty of like-minded souls going "green." Information: www.tiginirishpub.com/stamford/st-patricks-day/
Enjoy a night of Irish-flavored comedy with the “Colleens of Comedy!” at Stamford's Palace Theatre (61 Atlantic St.) at 8 p.m. Comedian Maureen Langan grew up the daughter of Irish immigrants and is a regular at Caroline’s Comedy Club in Manhattan. She's also opened for Joy Behar, Steven Wright and Rosie O’Donnell. Greenwich’s Jane Condon is originally Boston Irish and has continually played to a sold out house during her Ladies of Laughter appearance. She has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, The Today Show and ABC’s The View. Information: www.palacestamford.org/ .
Sunday, March 20
Sing along to Irish tunes with the Kerry Boys at Brookfield Library (182 Whisconier Road.) starting at 3 p.m. Information: 203-775-6241 or www.brookfieldlibrary.org/ .
The 42nd annual St. Patrick's Day parade sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association starts at 2 p.m. in front of the Town Hall (101 Field Point Road) and continues down Greenwich Avenue. Information: www.greenwichhibernians.org/ .
Celebrate Irish pride at the Danbury St. Patrick's Day parade. The step off time is 3 p.m. from Center Street before heading down Main Street, left onto West Street and continuing down to the AOH club on Lake Avenue.