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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

It’s a special time of year; all things spring are soon to sprout, and in the coming weekend, the Irish culture of Massachusetts will be center-stage with St. Patrick’s Day festivities of all kinds. After all, everybody is a little bit Irish this time of the year, right?
Whether you’re looking to shop, catch a parade, savor a bite to eat, or walk the Irish Heritage Trail, there’s a lot to choose from here in Massachusetts — many of these activities and events can be found in our roundup of St. Patrick’s Day things to do across the state.
The Boston Irish Tourism Association, which celebrates and promotes the local Irish culture and heritage in Massachusetts, also invites you to browse and explore a number of Irish-themed happenings, from St. Patrick’s Day parades to musical performances, with their March events calendar. We suggest also checking out their Spring 2013 Travel & Culture Guide.
For now, here are a few events and activities to get you started with some unique St. Paddy’s Day fun as we celebrate what’s been officially proclaimed “Irish Heritage Month” in Massachusetts!
If music is your fancy
The Fiddlers of Inisbofin at The Burren in Davis Square, Somerville: March 14th, 15th, and 16th. Click here for tickets.
Solas at Rogers Center For the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on March 15th. Click here for tickets.
The Saw Doctors at the House of Blues Boston on March 16th. Click here for tickets.
Sir James Galway at Boston Symphony Hall on March 24th. Click here for tickets.
How about a dance?
The World Irish Dancing Championships are taking place from March 24-31 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. An international event that draws thousands of competitors from around the world, it is, in fact, open to the public with a daily facility fee
A walk to remember!
Walk Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail with a guided tour where  you’ll discover the Irish role in the Revolutionary War, learn about the 19th century Famine generation, the Civil War, and about a number of famous and infamous politicians.
Tours will run on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2 PM, and on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 11 AM and 2 PM. The cost is $15 for adults, and $8 for children under the age of twelve. To reserve a spot, please make a reservation by filling out this form.

Some exercise!
On Sunday, March 17th at 11 AM, hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the City of New Bedford is set to welcome the New Bedford Half Marathon and Finisher’s Fest, where immediately following the face, guests and head over to the local YMCA to try New Bedford’s famous Fish Sandwich and Chowder. For more information, including some spectating tips, click here.
Can’t-miss Parades!
Listed as the second largest parade in the country — viewed by nearly 600,000 to one million people each year — the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade of South Boston is set to start at 1 PM on Sunday, March 17th. Here’s a look at what to expect:

On Sunday, March 17th, a quarter of a million spectators will take to the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Holyoke, MA! With festivities kicking off at 11 AM, and the parade marching at 11:30 AM, click here for a look at the parade’s route from finish to start.
For more on Massachusetts’ Irish heritage and some cultural fun, make sure to check out the Boston Irish Tourism Association on Facebook and Twitter.
As always, if you’re planning to visit Massachusetts for the first time, or interested in exploring a new area, let us help! We’ll guide your trip with lodging options, attractions, events, and even deals, all of which can be found on
P.S. If you’re at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, keep an eye out for Ireland’s very own Rick O’Shea, host of RTÉ 2fm Radio show Rick in the Afternoon. Follow his St. Patrick’s Day journey around Boston on Twitter this weekend!