Snow may still be in the forecast, but green is coming to New Haven! Although the New Haven’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is still several weekends away, the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is busy planning events to put the 2013 parade on the street. Here is information on a variety of popular upcoming events – all open to the public

February 5: TRIVIA GAMES NIGHT:  Bring your friends and enjoy a fun night at Randall's Restaurant, 236 Platt Avenue, West Haven, CT.  The evening will benefit the 2013 Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade. Bring a team of four players or be assigned the night of the event to a table of new friends. Games are based on general topics and begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include a light buffet. Contact Mary Malenda at 203-397-8523 or email jmalenda@snet.net. Tickets available at the door.

February 15:  THE GREAT GUINNESS TOAST: Raise a glass of Guinness and support the 2013 St. Patrick's Parade at O'Toole's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 204 Orange Street,  New Haven (plenty of off street parking). Entertainment provided by “The Strangers.” Guinness specials all night and The Great Guinness Toast at 11 pm. Tickets @ $10 are available at O’Tooles at the door the night of the event or reserve by calling Patrick Smith at 203-494-0640.

February 17:  CORNED BEEF DINNER, 1 to 5 pm at the Knights of St. Patrick Club, 1533 State Street, New Haven. Tickets are $12 adults; $5 for children under 12 (hot dogs and chips available). Traditional corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish Bread, tea/coffee and dessert. Tickets available at the door; no advance reservations. Shop for Irish gifts and imports brought to you by Celtica Specialty Gift Shop.  Contact Patricia Nester, 203-239-9956 for additional information.

February 21:  REGIONAL SAFETY NIGHT, The Knights of St. Patrick on State Street in New Haven will be the location for a very special night honoring regional safety officials. Proceeds from the event will help offset the rising costs for the Greater New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade. The night will start at 5:30 pm and include beer/wine and hors d'oeuvres. Suggested donation is $25 pp. Advanced reservations appreciated; contact Bob Shanley at 203-530-7206 or r.shanley@nicholsonassoc.com. Tickets available at the door. 

February 23:  LEPRECHCON 2013 FUN FEST will take place on Saturday, February 23. Registration costs $10 and takes place at Anna Liffey’s Pub, located at 17 Whitney Avenue at 2 PM.  Participants will be provided with one complimentary beverage, a free buffet, Entry Prize and Best Costume prize.  Popular pubs along the downtown route will include Black Bear, Christy’s, G.O.A.T., Kelly’s, O’Toole’s, Russian Lady, and back to Anna Liffey’s for prize give aways. An airplane ticket to Ireland will be awarded to a random participant somewhere along the route and a plane ticket for Best Dressed Leprechaun at the conclusion of the fun fest. Check out Facebook page for more information.

March 2: ANNUAL GRAND PARADE BALL: This is the premier formal event for the Parade Committee held at Yale Commons, 168 Grove Street in New Haven.
Honorees include the 2013 Grand Marshal, Joseph Michael Lynch; Jill Marcus, Brian Jooss, and Glenn Conlan  -- all who have demonstrated dedicated service to our community. Tickets are $100 per person and include an open bar, buffet and dancing to a live band. Tickets go fast, so contact Anne Hines, Ball Chairperson, at 203-488-4902 or ahsheep@aol.com. Tickets can be ordered via the parade website.

March 10: PARADE DAY - Visit the parade website for up to date information at www.stpatricksdayparade.org  -  Starting Time is 1:30 pm. Parade route starts at Chapel Street @ Sherman Avenue and proceeds down Church Street to Grove Street ending at Orange Street marching through downtown New Haven led by Branford resident, Joseph Michael Lynch, 2013 Grand Marshal.


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