We all know that everyone has the opportunity to become unofficially Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but the residents of New London (or shall we say New Dublin?) may take the option more seriously than others. Each year, the Shamrock Club of New Dublin works tirelessly to plan St. Patrick’s Day festivities that help bring individuals of Irish descent or relationship, or those that wish they were, for the purpose of celebrating being Irish.
The Irish Pride in New London is mighty. Their events began on Monday when leprechauns changed the name of the town to New Dublin. The mischievous leprechauns then continued to celebrate their day by entertaining children, visiting the elderly and make guest appearances at local businesses.
Throughout the week, locals celebrate with corned beef and cabbage and Irish caroling. Tonight, the fun continues with more authentic Irish entertainment. Tomorrow night, the town will hold an Irish Céili, a social gathering filled with friends, family, music and dance.
When the holiday finally arrives, New Dubliners go all out. From 11 am to 6 pm, three bands will play under a huge heated tent for New Dublin Irish Fest. The event is complete with Irish food, beverages and market booths. Then, at 1 pm, attendees will witness the state’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Grand Parade features an extensive lineup of bagpipe and marching bands, and up to 125 specialty units and business floats. Prizes are awarded for the best entries so you can expect participants get creative with their presentations. We’re excited to see what our friends, the New London Lions Club, come up with for their 2018 float! Learn more here.
Attending the New Dublin Irish Fest is one way to celebrate the occasion. How do you celebrate Irish heritage on March 17? Let us know in the comments below.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Lions Pride!