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St. Patrick’s Day may not be as replete with parades and green beer as in years past due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, but there are plenty of safe shamrock-themed events to attend on Long Island this year.
Tune into virtual shows with traditional Irish folk music and Gaelic dancing. Looking forward to the feast part of St. Paddy’s? Tune into a virtual traditional Irish cooking class. Or catch Huntington’s virtual parade.
What follows is a special edition of our annual guide to LI St. Paddy’s Day festivities.
31 DAYS OF BAGPIPES
A virtual music and film campaign inviting people to take part in St. Patrick’s Day festivities from the comfort of their own homes. The centerpiece of this month-long event is the music documentary, Bagpipes Calling! — an uplifting film celebrating local musicians and the people and places that make them feel at home. Designed as a unique online experience perfectly fit for our quarantined lives, this campaign will bring together a wide, diverse audience of music lovers from Long Island and beyond. andreawozny.com/bagpipescalling
VIRTUAL 5K RUN
Sign up for Holbrook’s Virtual St. Patrick’s Day 5K and Little Leprechauns Fun Run. To ensure safety regarding Covid-19, you may run your race anywhere you choose and post the results by March 22. Participants can pick up a free T-shirt and those older than 21 can receive a complimentary beer at the Irish Times Pub on March 17 from 4-6 p.m. 975 Main St., Holbrook. trisignup.com/Race/Info/NY/Holbrook/StPatricksDay5KandLittleLeprechaunsFunRunHolbrook $25 fee for adults and $10 fee for children to enter the race. March 8-22.
Galway, Ireland- and Nashville, Tenn.-based quartet Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley will be performing via livestream. The band’s music combines the styles of Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic and pop music. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue, patchoguetheatre.org $20. 5 p.m. March 13.
VIRTUAL ST. PATRICK’S CONCERT
Tune in to some traditional—and not so traditional—Irish music for the holiday. The Floral Park Public Library is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day concert on Zoom with a performance by Niamh Hyland. eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=FPARK&curID=486393 Free registration. 4 p.m. March 14.
- PADDY’S COOKING CLASS
Sign up for a special class at The Cook’s Studio to make your very own Gaelic Irish steak and colcannon; the class will also provide wine tasting. 156a Engineers Drive, Hicksville. app.getoccasion.com/xp/659hrt4L $85. 6-8 p.m. March 17.
ZOOM IRISH COOKING CLASS
The Glen Cove Public Library is hosting an Instant Pot St. Patrick’s Day Cooking Program. Join John Aidan from Pressure Cooker Passion on Zoom and create some delicious Irish-themed dishes. zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vd-yrrjwrG9BH7bZwBcIBVM4jGchMmgD7 Free registration. 7 p.m. March 17.
The band Gaelic Storm will host a concert via livestream featuring original songs, traditional pub songs and debut their latest song to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Landmark on Main Street, landmarkonmainstreet.org $20. 8 p.m. March 17.
The S PatT.rick’s Day Parade is a beloved annual event that takes place every March in Huntington. Yet the ongoing coronavirus pandemic made a traditional event an impossibility for 2021, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians made the agonizing decision to cancel the 87th annual event. In response to this, parade organizers have decided to host a virtual parade, billed as a direct result of Irish pride and Yankee ingenuity. huntingtonhibernian.com
-Compiled by Selia Mercado, Maia Vines, Meaghan Meehan, and Drashti Mehta