Several years ago, local resident John O’Leary wondered why Annapolis never had a parade for St. Patrick’s Day. As it turned out, the City used to have one, but that tradition had somehow died. O’Leary brought it back to life in 2013 with a vengeance the week before the Irish holiday.
“The idea was to bring some business into the City during what is typically a quiet period,” said O’Leary. “Annapolis Restaurant Week is just ending, and St. Patrick’s Day can usually stand on it’s own.” In 2014, the parade and the crowds grew and it became obvious that this was now a signature event and a tradition for Annapolis.
This year, O’Leary is kicking things up a notch by expanding the parade into a full blown Irish Week. The final details are being worked out, but the week will kick off with a Hooley (Irish for big party) at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on March 7th, followed by the parade on the 8th. There will be Irish themed events throughout the week all leading up to the big day–March 17th!
Tentatively scheduled events will include:
- Sunday, March 1st – St. Baldrick’s event at O’Loughlins in Arnold
- Saturday, March 7th – 1pm Pub Crawl in Annapolis
- Saturday, March 7th – Hooley at the Loews Annapolis Hotel with the Shamrogues (Tix $50)
- Saturday, March 7th – After-Hooley party at Stan and Joe’s Saloon
- Sunday, March 8th – Parade 1pm . Will feature 10 pipe bands, a ceremonial brass band from NYPD, and more than 100 entries. The Commandants Own Platoon will be kicking off the parade in the lead.
- Sunday, March 8th – Free Concert at Hopkins Plaza. Come see the Shamrogues play from 11am to 1pm.
- Monday, March 9th – Guinness Etching and History by Art Drea at Galway Bay
- Tuesday, March 10th – Irish Coffee Competition at several bars in Annapolis.
- Wednesday, March 11th – History of the Irish and the US Navy at Galway Bay
- Thursday, March 12th – Perfect Pint Night. Who pours the perfect pint? Various bars in Annapolis
- Saturday, March 14th – St. Baldrick’s event at Fado Annapolis
- Saturday, March 14th – Eastport GBR
- Sunday, March 15th – Irish band performance at St. Johns College