Niamh Ni Charra
Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) today released its 2014 schedule of St.Patrick's Day activities - including six parades and dozens of cultural events - taking place this March in cities and towns across Massachusetts and the New England states.
Many renowned singers and musicians are in the region in March as part of national tours, including traditional music legends the Chieftains; Irish ballad band the Irish Rovers; singer Andy Cooney and Dublin’s Irish Cabaret. Soloists include singer Karan Casey, fiddler Niamh Ni Charra, Gaelic singer Seán Keane, and Dublin’s own Sharon Corr from the Corrs. Brian O’Donovan’s A St. Patrick’s Celtic Sojourn, features some of the best traditional music from Ireland and New England.
Local Irish music stars performing in March include Irish fiddle champion Séamus Connolly, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Pendragon, Mark Roberts and Sheila Falls, singer Katie McD, and Boston's champion band, the Dropkick Murphys.
BITA is giving away free concert tickets to many of the concerts. Go to the Contests Page for more details.
Local tourism officials from Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism are encouraging tourists to visit Massachusetts in March to enjoy the parades and cultural festivities while taking advantage of great hotel and restaurant rates this time of year.
Patrick B. Moscaritolo, President of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, says, "Boston's Irish community offers a wonderful way to explore the city's illustrious history through the Irish Heritage Trail. Once you visit Boston you'll see why it is called the Capital of Irish America."
Here is a schedule of guided tours of the Irish Heritage Trail this month.
"Visitors and residents alike have a great time celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Massachusetts," says Colette Quinlin of Boston Irish Tourism Association. "There is a wide variety of contemporary culture direct from Ireland as well as rich strains of Irish-American culture and history."
BITA's March 2014 issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a free magazine that details Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, as well as travel to Canada and Ireland, is available at local visitor centers in early March.