New Dublin will celebrate 31 years of St. Patrick’s Day Parades this March 21.
“Hearts of Green” is this year’s chosen theme; because of course, Ireland is so dear to our hearts.
Each March New London hosts the state’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade with over 120 entries, including bagpipers, marching bands, floats, and commercial entries. It has become a time when people from all over come together to celebrate not only St. Patrick’s Day, but their friends and families. We are once again extending a warm welcome and invitation to all to come and share in our festivities.
In addition to our Grand Parade, our Irish Festival will feature market booths, food and refreshments to purchase, and two dynamic bands.
We welcome back to our Irish Fest stage from 11:00-1:00, Seamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys from the Fox Cities. They bring their own unique blend of acoustic Irish folk rock. From 3:00-6:00p.m, we welcome The Gleason’s from Milwaukee. The Gleason’s music consists mostly of their own original tunes, with some cover songs and traditional Celtic music with their own twist; it all blends together into a mixture of traditional Irish, Americana, rock, bluegrass, and American pop. The Gleason’s will get you out on the dance floor! The stage is located in the Festival Foods parking lot in downtown New London, in a huge heated tent.
This year’s Irish Man and Irish Rose are Dave and Sue Tennie, and the parade Grand Marshall is John Faucher.
Come on out to New Dublin March 21, with your “Hearts of Green” to celebrate the Shamrock Club’s 31st year of St. Patrick’s Day week festivities. For more information visit www.newdublin.com, or follow us on Facebook @ New Dublin.
Schedule of events
Monday, March 16 – Leprechauns change the name of the town to New Dublin for the week, entertain kids, visit the elderly, and appear at various businesses.
Tuesday, March 17 – Hooligan Day. Corned beef and cabbage is served throughout the week: Pup’s Irish Pub and Pine Tree Supper Club on Hwy. 54 in North Dublin and The Waters, Half Nelson’s, Hilby’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, Shamrock Heights and many other fine local establishments.
Wednesday, March 18 – Irish Caroling at St. Joseph Residence and Franklin Park apartments. A great way to learn all the traditional Irish sing-a-longs. Song sheets are provided. Meet in the lobby of St. Joseph’s on Beckert Road at 5 pm. Singers are welcome to help in entertaining elderly shut-ins.
Thursday, March 19 Irish Entertainment, 7:00 pm – At the New London High School auditorium. Talented artists of New Dublin present an evening of Irish entertainment featuring songs, dances, and humor of Ireland. Introduction of Irish Man, Irish Rose, Grand Marshall, and the Irish Lad & Lassie will be made. Its great family entertainment. Public invited. Free admission, donations appreciated.
Friday March 20 – Irish Ceili (kay-lee or dance), 7:00 pm – At the Crystal Falls Banquet Facility. A traditional gathering of friends and family in celebration of music and dance. Public is welcome. Free admission.
Saturday March 21- St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1:00 pm – Downtown New Dublin. Wisconsin’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade includes bagpipe & marching bands, festive clowns, specialty, clan, and business floats. Over 100 parade units. Prizes are awarded for best entries.
New Dublin Irish Fest, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Under the big top by Festival Foods parking lot, downtown. HUGE heated tent featuring Seamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys playing from 11:00a-1:00p, and The Gleason’s from 3:00p-6:00p, plus Irish food, beverages, and market booths. Entrance to Irish Fest is $5.00 for the day.
Pet Ordinance reminder
City Ord. 1236 prohibits having animals in crowds of 100 or more. Please do not bring your pets to the parade for their safety as well as the safety of others. Thank you.