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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Scituate St. Patrick's Day Parade Fundraiser Features Singer Pauline Wells and Devri on February 1

Singer Pauline Wells and Irish band Devri are performing at the River Club in Scituate on Saturday, February 1, 2014, in an event to raise funds for the Scituate St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Wells, a decorated Lieutenant with the Cambridge Police Department, is a popular singer who has performed widely to support charitable causes in greater Boston and in Ireland.  Devri is a popular Boston Irish traditional band.

The Scituate St. Patrick's Day parade was started by Jim and Janet Campbell as a neighborhood event, then steadily grew in a major occasion, with support from the Scituate Chamber of Commerce and parade organizer Ed Kelley. 

Scituate is the most Irish-American community in the United States, with over 47% of residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the US Census.  In the mid-19th century, Irish immigrants fleeing the famine in Ireland settled there to gather the moss along the coast, a highly nutritious product that was used in foods like pudding. 

In the 20th century Scituate and nearby towns like Cohasset and Marshfield became known as the Irish Riviera because of the number of Irish who settled there, and also because prominent Boston Irish families built summer homes there, according to Emily Sweeney of the Boston Globe.

See Boston Irish Tourism Association Schedule of 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.


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