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Best Bars and Events for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Lake George Region

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St. Patrick’s Day: Best Bars and Events for Celebrating in the Lake George Region

Saint PatrickSt. Patrick’s Day (or Lá Fhéile Pádraig in traditional Irish) usually means wearing green, drinking to the point of brain damage, engaging in fisticuffs and celebrating your Irish heritage, whether you’re Irish or not.

Known as the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century. As a teenager he was kidnapped by raiders and taken to Ireland where he was enslaved. He received a calling from God to escape, which he did, eventually returning to England where he became a priest. In 432, he was called back to Ireland, as a bishop in order to bring Christianity to the Irish and sway them from their native polytheism. In folklore, St. Patrick supposedly used the shamrock as a way to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. Another famous story is that St. Patrick banished snakes from Ireland, but this has also been proven to be folklore. He died on March 17, 493, which is celebrated worldwide, as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday.

The color blue was originally associated with St. Patrick, but over time green became the predominant color. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn in celebration since the 17th century, henceforth, the “wearing of the green.”

So here are some things going on for St. Patrick’s Day in the Lake George region.

It doesn’t matter that they’re from Scotland, it’s time to break out your kilts and get down with the haggis as the Red Hot Chili Pipers make a stop at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 8pm. The renowned Scottish rock band will perform their signature ‘bagrock’ style of music for the kilted generation on their Northeast tour. To get an in-depth analysis of what the Pipers are all about, click here. Tickets start at $27 and can be ordered through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or at the Glens Falls Civic Center box office.

On St. Patrick’s Day proper:

For the bewhiskered, you should head on over to Basil & Wicks in North Creek for their third annual St. Paddy’s Day Donegal Beard Contest. Never heard of a Donegal Beard? Well, it’s a traditional Irish beard that grows along the jaw line and covers the chin–think of Abe Lincoln or C. Everett Koop–sans mustache. Contestants are expected to arrive by 4pm, with the judging starting at 6pm. The Donegals will be judged on length, fullness, and style. In addition to the abundance of beards, there’ll be plenty of beer specials, corned beef and cabbage with live music by Mike Leddick, and complimentary taxi rides home from 7 pm to 11 pm. Admission is free. Call 518-251-3100 for more details.

JP Bruno’s at 30 South Street in Glens Falls will be opening at 11am to get the ball rolling. They’ll feature live music by acoustic singer/songwriter Rick Rourke at 3pm followed by Queensbury’s own King’s English at 7:30pm. To find out more, call 518-745-1180

Dango’s Irish Sports Bar at 156 Maple Street in Glens Falls has a huge St Patrick’s Day celebration every year, which has drawn in huge crowds. Expect to be buried in corned beef and cabbage this year with live music and plenty of beer on tap. It really is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in town. For more information on what else is in store, call 518-792-9861.

West Mountain Ski Resort at 59 West Mountain Road in Queensbury will be serving up a hearty Corned Beef Dinner as well as their famous Chicken Parmesan for only $10 on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music will be provided by J. Walker, featuring Dave Serfis and Steve Bishop from 5pm – 9pm. Call 518-793-6606 for more info.

But wait, there’s more!

On Saturday, March 19th, there’s an all day block party called Sham “Rock” the Block on Lower Amherst Street (corner of Canada Street and Amherst) in Lake George starting at 10am. In addition to plenty of activities for kids, there will be Celtic dancing, a keg toss, a 50/50 raffle, live Bagpipers, plenty of live Irish music, and, of course, plenty of corned beef and cabbage. The evening comes to a close with a live performance by Searson at Duffy’s Tavern at 8pm. These three sisters from Ottawa Valley, Ontario, perform a copious mélange of roots, Celtic, country and pop, a perfect way to bring St. Patrick’s Day to a close. Tickets for Sham “Rock” the Block are $10, with proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation, the Lake George Skate Park Fund and Save a Stray. Call 518-668-5323 for more details.

–Chad Henning is a Staff Writer for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.


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