A weekend guide to St. Patrick's Day events

10:05 AM, Mar 14, 2013

Runners participate in the Johnny's Running of The Green five-mile road race in Rochester in 2008. (KATE MELTON file photo)/

Written By Jinelle Shengulette

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the most recognized patron saint of Ireland, but for some it’s also a time to celebrate the color green or any Irish blood that may be in your veins.

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In Rochester, festivities include the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, a must-see for the 20-somethings at East Avenue and Alexander Street as well as the families waiting patiently at Main Street. The parade is just one the activities planned during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here’s a sampling of the city’s happenings to celebrate the holiday and the Emerald Isle.

May the road rise up to meet you.


The dark side of Irish comedy

The Irish Community Players, a group that performs one play each spring by an Irish or Irish-American playwright, will perform Lennox Robinson’s Is Life Worth Living? on Friday. The 1933 comedy is set in a small town in Ireland, where townspeople have decided to exchange their annual lightheaded circus for heavy, dark, dramatic theater — making some locals question whether life is worth living.

When: 8 p.m. Friday (with additional showings throughout March).

Where: Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave.

Cost: $19 general admission; $9 ages 25 and younger; $14 ages 65 and older.

For more: (585) 244-0960 or muccc.org.

The Amerks get their Irish on

The Rochester Americans host an Irish night on Friday, when they play the Albany Devils. Happy hour at the Upper Atrium Bar runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and features $2 Killian’s Irish Red and Molson drafts. Celtic rock band 1916 will perform at happy hour and first intermission. Fans can grab St. Patrick’s Day-themed “mystery pucks,” signed by various Amerks players, in the concourse when gates open at 6 p.m. Irish dancers, bagpipers and the Irish Children’s Program, which will be selling green carnations to raise funds, will also be there.

When: 6 p.m. Friday.

Where: Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Square.

Cost: $15 to $40.

For more: amerks.com.

Irish tunes and grub at McGraw’s Irish Pub

Musical act Trace Wilkins and Ken Snyder (of the Celtic-infused Everheart) perform at this Irish pub at 8 p.m. on Friday. The food menu includes Guinness garlic wings, Irish chips, a corned beef sandwich, Irish-style reuben, Irish Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie and more.

When: 8 p.m. Friday.

Where: McGraw’s Irish Pub, 146 W. Commercial St, East Rochester.

Cost: No cover.

For more: (585) 764-0991 or mcgrawsirishpub.com.


Johnny’s “Running of the Green”

Before the parade, hit the pavement with Johnny’s Irish Pub’s “Running of the Green,” a five-mile run through the city. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. on Court Street. First-, second- and third-place male and female finishers will win $500, $250 and $100, respectively, as well as medals and custom bottles of Casa Larga wine (for winners 21 and older). Proceeds from the race will benefit the Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Irish Children’s Foundation, which brings Belfast children to Rochester during the summer.

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial, 1 War Memorial Square.

Cost: $25 to $28.

For more: (585) 224-0990 or www.cats-page.com.

Celtic Faire at The Radisson Riverside Hotel

This family-friendly event — taking place before, during and after the parade — will feature a storyteller, magician, clowns, face painting, a photo booth and cupcake decorating. Families can participate in a Build-A-Bear workshop for an extra fee.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Where: The Radisson Riverside Hotel, 120 E. Main St.

Cost: $2 per person; $5 per family suggested donation to Camp Good Days and Special Times.

For more: (585) 234-5167.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. at East Avenue and Alexander Street and end at Plymouth Avenue. The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard, veterans, Patriot Guard Riders and other honorees will lead the parade, and 17 division sponsors and 18 bands — a record number this year — will follow. Sit tight for a surprise at the end of the parade, one that’s sure to make the kids smiling.

When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: East Avenue and Alexander Street to Plymouth Avenue

Cost: Free.

For more: rochesterparade.com or (585) 234-5167.

Celebration at Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub will celebrate the parade by opening at 8 a.m. on Saturday to serve breakfast egg and sausage bagels with corned beef hash. For the rest of the day, the pub will feature a special menu, including Reuben sandwiches and steamed corned beef and cabbage, along with the usual finger foods, including wings and chicken fingers. Celtic act the Dady Brothers will play a two-hour set immediately following the end of the parade.

When: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Murphy’s Law, 370 East Ave.

Cost: $5 cover.

For more: (585) 232-7115 or murphyslawrochester.com.


Irish Dance Performance

See students of the Boland School of Irish Dance at the Penfield Public Library on St. Patrick’s Day. They will perform traditional Irish dances in full costume. Many of the school’s dancers have competed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Attendees are asked to register online before the event.

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Community Center Room, Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield.

Cost: Free; register online.

For more: (585) 340-8720 or www3.libraryweb.org/Penfield/home.aspx.

St. Patrick’s Day at Barry’s Old School Irish

This pub/bakery/café in Webster will keep visitors well-fed this St. Paddy’s Day, serving corned beef and cabbage and potato and herb soups, Guinness chocolate cake, Irish cream bundt cake, Irish brown bread and more. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey reps will be on hand, serving free Irish whiskey from 6 to 8 p.m. Live Irish music will be performed by Fox Hunter Ceili Revelers at noon, Peg Dolan at 6 p.m. and Barry’s Crossing at 10 p.m.

When: Noon to close Sunday.

Where: 2 W. Main St., Webster.

Cost: No cover.

For more: (585) 545-4258 or search facebook.com for Barry’s Old School Irish.