9 Ways To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Bergen County

Show off your Irish pride all month long at these family-friendly St. Paddy’s-themed events.
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St. Patrick’s Day is still two weeks away, but you don’t have to be Irish to know that the holiday is a month-long celebration. There’s a slew of events taking place in Bergen County before March 17 to warm you up for the merriment—and we’re talking more than happy hour at the local pub.

Below is a sampling of St. Patrick’s Day-themed programs happening this month in Bergen.

  • March 5, 1 p.m.: Rutherford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown district. The Rutherford Irish American Association hosts its annual parade, which attracts nearly 10,000 participants and spectators.
  • March 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Kids’ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, The Shannon Rose, Ramsey. Leprechauns, bagpipers, step dancers and more will entertain attendees, while parents can place bids for a variety of raffle baskets. Proceeds from the raffles will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • March 11, 5 to 8 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Party, Little Ferry American Legion. The annual dinner and dance will include corned beef, potatoes and cabbage as well as music by DJ Jack. Tickets: $15.
  • March 11, 7 to 11 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, Rochelle Park American Legion. Enjoy corned beef with cabbage, potatoes or shepherd’s pie as well as live music by The Stragglers. Tickets: $40.
  • March 11, 7:30 p.m.: An Evening of Irish Song and Poetry, West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood. Celebrated Irish duo Owen and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin will perform a repertoire of song and poetry that has been handed down from their family and wider Irish tradition. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
  • March 12, 2 p.m.: 41st Annual Bergen County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bergenfield. Join thousands of spectators, community groups, bagpipers, dancers and more for the county’s largest parade, which marches through downtown Bergenfield.
  • March 13, 6 to 7 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Party and Irish Dancing, Teaneck Library. This family-friendly event includes stories, snacks and basic Irish dance lessons with the McLoughlin School of Irish Dance. Admission: Free, but registration is required.
  • March 14, 4 to 5 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Craft, River Vale Library. Kids in grades K to 5 can enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day story and make Leprechaun “traps.” The program is free, but registration is required and priority is given to River Vale residents.
  • March 15, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Workshop, Stew Leonard’s, Paramus. Kids ages 4 to 12 can decorate six gold cake cupcakes with their favorite St. Paddy’s Day décor. All registered children will receive a slice of pizza and a drink. Kids must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. Tickets: $24.99 per child.

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