NYC Cultural Happenings – St. Patrick’s Day 2011
Contrary to the recent ill thought out comments by the Mayor, there are plenty of ways to get in the Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day without searching out green beer…
Inaugural Irish Arts Center Book Day In partnership with the New York City Council, the Irish Arts Center has rounded up more than 10,000 books by Irish and Irish American authors, which their Book Day volunteers will be handing out for free along subway stops and other transportation hubs. For of-the-minute updates on the handout locations, follow the Irish Arts Center on Twitter (@IrishArtsCenter) or via their Facebook page. March 17th, 2011. Locations throughout all five boroughs. Start time 6am until all the books are gone.
Irish Language Mass at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral For the fourth consecutive year, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, the city’s first Cathedral Church built in 1809, in association with the New York Irish History Roundtable and Glucksman Ireland House NYU, will host an Irish language mass. Readings, liturgy and Irish liturgical music will be presented in Gaelic followed by a reception outside the Basilica featuring food and refreshments as well as entertainment by the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra and an exhibition of Irish dance. March 12th, 2011. Noon. Mott St between Prince St. & Houston St.
Ireland American: The Ties That Bind Exhibit at The New York Public Library The NYPL for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Glucksman Ireland House NYU, the Irish Film Institute and Culture Ireland are presenting an exhibition providing insights into Irish tradition, contemporary culture and Irish American life through a series of documentary films, poetry readings, musical performances, staged readings and panel discussions. March 17th thru August 13, 2011. Free programs throughout the branches.
Servant’s Quarters Tours at the Merchant’s House Museum Built in 1832, the Merchant House is New York City’s only 19th century family home preserved intact both inside and out. Beginning this St. Patrick’s Day, the museum will offer tours of the rarely seen fourth floor servants’ quarters while telling the story of the Irish maids who lived and worked there. March 17 thru March 20, 2011. Noon-5pm (Last tour begins at 4pm). 29 East 4th Street between Lafayette St. & the Bowery. Included with regular admission/no reservation required.
The Moore Family Tour at the Tenement Museum Take a guided tour of the restored home of the Moore family, Irish Catholic immigrants who once resided at 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built on the Lower East Side in 1863. The family’s story comes to life with the presentation of photographs and objects that were used in their daily life. Daily. 108 Orchard Street between Delancey St. & Broome St. Regular admission/reservation required.
The 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade The first official parade started in 1766 and the tradition continues today with units of soldiers, various Irish societies of the city, Irish county societies, bagpipers, bands and politicians marching up Fifth Avenue. The best viewing areas are on the northern end of the parade route where there is less congestion and you may be lucky enough to grab a seat on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. March 17th. 11am. Starting at 44th St. and 5th Ave and heading up 5th Ave to 86th St.
Black 47’s St. Patrick’s Day Show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill The well known New York Irish rock band, popular for their politically charged songs that address issues ranging from the tensions in Northern Ireland to urban unrest in contemporary New York City, will be headlining B.B. King’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. March 17th. 237 W. 42nd between 7th & 8th Ave. Doors at 5pm/Show 7pm. $25 tickets in advance/$30 day of the show.