Time was, St. Patrick’s Day was a one-day holiday, and it was celebrated on March 17 regardless of what day of the week that fell on. Now it’s more like a week of parties, parades and other fun beginning well in advance. This year, the celebrating begins this weekend. Here is a look at the major parties, parades and events in the area.
Mahoning Valley St. Patrick’s Day parade, Market Street, Boardman, 1 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “May The Irish Be With You,” and Grand Marshal is Edward J. Reese. Between 25,000 and 30,000 people annually watch the massive parade, which is sponsored by The Vindicator and 21 WFMJ-TV. The parade begins on McClurg Road and heads north on Market Street to Southwoods Avenue. Dozens of political and community officials, municipal services, service and entertainment groups march in the parade. The other 2017 parade honorees are Kevin McGuire, Lord Mayor of Kilkenny; Bob Hankey, Ockerman Award; and Sharon Sabatka, Cleary Award.
Leprechaun Lollapalooza, with activities Saturday in the Poland Library, 311 S. Main St.; and Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St. Irish food for sale all day at Kravitz Deli in Poland Library and Kravitz Express in Canfield Library: corned beef and cabbage dinners, stout stew, corned beef sandwiches, Bailey’s cheesecake. 9:30 a.m. (Poland Library), Leprechaun Magic Show; 9:30 a.m. (Canfield Library), Burke Irish Dancers; 10:15 a.m. (Poland and Canfield), Parade of leprechauns (Dress as a leprechaun or festive St. Patrick’s Day gear and join a parade through the library. Each child who enters the parade will receive an entry for a chance to win a book of Irish fairy tales. For children in grade six and under). 10:45 a.m. (Poland and Canfield), St. Patrick’s Day story time for children of all ages; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Poland Library), Lucky Coin Book Sale in the Friends of PLYMC Bookstore. Select a coin and get a percentage off your total bill. Cookies will be provided. Check out the new Friends of PLYMC bag coffee that will be sold at the bookstore in Poland Library. Proceeds benefit the Library’s children’s programming. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Poland and Canfield), Scavenger hunt for grades six and under and an Irish lunch. 12:30 p.m. (Poland Library), Burke Irish Dancers; 12:30 p.m. (Canfield Library), Leprechaun Magic Show.
Cedars West End, 706 Steel St., Youngstown, March 17, entertainment from Baroque Monody, Highland Rose and T-Tops (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration! $5 cover. Doors at 9 p.m.
Crickets Bar, 1733 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, annual St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17. Reubens, corned beef and cabbage will be available starting at 11 a.m. Kegs and Eggs at 9 a.m. Seamus will perform inside from 3-7 p.m.; Disco Inferno takes the outdoor stage at 7 p.m.; Bustin Loose takes the indoor stage at 11 p.m.
The Federal, 110 W. Federal St., Youngstown, St. Patrick’s Day, “Sham-Rock” on the Block, 8 a.m., 4th annual Pints and Pancakes. Irish food, drink specials and live entertainment until 2:30 a.m. The event features live music, traditional Irish food, Irish bagpipers, games and contests. Band schedule: 2-3:30 p.m., The Labra Brothers; 4-6:30 p.m., The Patty “O” Band; 6:45-8 p.m., Whiskey Pilots; 8:15-11 p.m., Hoss and the Juggernauts. The outdoor tent will be open from noon to 11 p.m.
Groggy Mondays, 81/2 Sycamore Drive, New Middletown, March 11. St. Patrick’s Day Party with John Grahovac Sr. and friends, 7-10 p.m.
Irish Bob’s Pub, 3602 South Ave., Youngstown, March 17. Breakfast buffet 6-10 a.m.; Full kitchen 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; live Irish entertainment by the Bogside Boys, 3-9 p.m.; local entertainment 10 p.m.-2 a.m.; Face Painting with Christine, 5-10 p.m.
Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty, open 1 hour later March 17. Old Dublin Fish Fry with Coleen McNally Harris 6-8 p.m. March 10; Irish Breakfast from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10; Green Eggs and Corned Beef Buffet with County Mayo, March 12 at the Mill Creek location; Green Eggs and Corned Beef Brunch with Ginger Ackley at the Liberty location. Corned beef special all day at all four locations March 14-15. Extra-large corned beef and reuben sandwiches, stout stew and corned beef and cabbbage dinners March 16 and 17. Liberty location has entertainment, including County Mayo, all day long.
Magic Tree Pub and Eatery, 7463 South Ave, Boardman. Sunday (Parade Day): 8 a.m., Irish breakfast (kegs and eggs); 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Celtic Rush Irish Band (pub side); noon-2 p.m., Irish Trad Session; 1 p.m., meet Beauty & the Beast; after parade, Stephen Holter the bagpiper; 3-6 p.m., The Bogside Boys Irish Band. Monday: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing event, rare beer tasting/glass inclusive, 1/2 price on craft beer, prizes and giveaways, including dinner for two at the brewery. Tuesday: 6 p.m., Oskar Blues Brewery event, rare beer tasting/glass inclusive, Trivia Night, prizes and giveaways. Wednesday: 6 p.m., Four String Brewery event, rare beer tasting, live music with Todd Cutshaw, prizes and giveaways. Thursday, March 16: 6 p.m., Market Garden Brewery event, rare beer tasting, special firkin beer tapping, live music, prizes and giveaways. Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day): 8 a.m., Irish Breakfast (kegs and eggs). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grady Miller Band; Stephen Holter Irish bagpiper; 1-5 p.m., Fast Freddy live show; 6-10 p.m., Chardon Polka Band. Saturday, March 18: 6 p.m., Ballast Point Brewery event, rare beer; 8 p.m., Labra Brothers Band; prizes and giveaways.
Mojo’s Pub and Grill, 6292 Mahoning Ave., Austintown; 330-793-6656. Live music, drink specials and corned beef sandwiches all day.
O’Donold’s Irish Pub, 6000 Mahoning Ave., Austintown. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for Irish Breakfast. Huge party in a heated tent and indoors. Opens for Irish Breakfast at 5:30 a.m.. Schedule of bands: Schaffer brothers, 8 a.m.; County Mayo, noon; 80’s Proof, 5 p.m.; Graphic Pink, 8 p.m. Stepdancers and bagpipers thoughout the day
O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grill Downtown, 122 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for Irish Breakfast, green beer and corned beef. Join Youngstown’s highest-ranking Irishman, Mayor John A. McNally, as he gets the annual celebration started by tapping the first keg of seasonally colored beer. This event includes drink specials and music by the Shaffer Brothers Band until 10 p.m.
Quaker Steak and Lube, 5800 Interstate Blvd., Austintown, opens at 6 a.m. for breakfast followed by all-day entertainment, including Captain John Stout, Celtic Rush, Kevin Richards Trio, the Rogues of Rafferty, Tara’s Fire and more.
Quaker Steak and Lube, 435 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include a 9 a.m. breakfast followed by all day entertainment. The line-up includes Richard Boston, Captain John Stout, Tara’s Fire, Guys Without Ties and karaoke on the patio.
Quaker Steak and Lube, 2191 Millennium Blvd., Cortland, holiday food, entertainment and drink specials available all day.
Quaker Steak and Lube, 101 Chestnut St., Sharon, Pa., entertainment all day, starting at 6 a.m. Breakfast fares of green eggs & ham and more. Annual keg tapping at 7 a.m. Green beer, leprechauns, beard and mustache contests all day. Bagpipers, Burke Irish School of Dancers, Irish musicians and more.
V2 Wine Bar Trattoria, 100 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 6th annual “Sham-Rock” on the Block. All-day festival featuring live music, traditional Irish food, Irish bagpipers, games and contests, Irish music, a full outside bar, and four live bands. Hoss and the Juggernauts will headline in the heated outdoor tent. Band schedule in the heated tent: 2-3:30 p.m. the Labra Brothers; 4-6:30 p.m., the Patty ‘O’ Band; 6:45-8 p.m., Whiskey Pilot; 8:15-11 p.m. Hoss and the Juggernauts. Ohio bagpipers will be in throughout the day. The tent will be open from noon to 11 p.m. V2 opens at 9 a.m. and features $4 large drafts, $5 Irish car bombs and Vernon’s famous corned beef.
Lookin’ For Green Hike, 6-7:30 p.m. March 16, Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown. Participants are invited to enjoy daylight savings time while looking for green in a hike around Lake Cohasset. Moderate, 3 miles.
Shamrock Trolley, 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. March 17, Ford Nature Center, 840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown. Celebrate the day on a tour of Mill Creek MetroParks. Trolley is unheated – plan to bundle up in green and look for green. Call 330-740-7107 for information.