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St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Founded in 1794, St. Patrick's Church is the oldest parish in all of Washington. It was established to serve the influx of Irish immigrants migrating to Washington, D.C. responsible for the construction of the White House and Capitol Building. You can see numerous examples of shamrocks throughout the church as the clover was used by St. Patrick to evangelize in Ireland. Of course, you can also find a statue here of St. Patrick himself (though we're sure this came as no surprise to you). For more information on the church and visiting times, please visit saintpatrickdc.org.

Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade

If you're having trouble coping with D.C.'s cancelled St. Patrick's Day Parade this year, then let the luck of the Irish cast your eyes across the Potomac River and to Virginia. The Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade is organized and paid for by The Ballyshaners, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and preserving Irish heritage. You can expect to see pipe bands, Irish dance schools, the Notre Dame Alumni Band, and over 100 additional parade units. The parade will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 12:30 p.m. in Old Town Alexandria. For more information, including how to participate in the parade or donate to The Ballyshaners, please visit ballyshaners.org/parade.

Kennedy Center St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The Kennedy Center will be honoring St. Patrick's Day with live music and performances on Sunday, the 17th of March at 3:00 p.m. Presented by The Washington Chorus and led by Irish conductor Christopher Bell, these talented musicians will transport you across the Atlantic and safely to the Emerald Isle. Let yourself be captivated by the Irish band, choral arrangements, fiddlers, dancers and pipe players. Ticket prices range between $18 - $64. For ticketing information, directions and additional information, please visit thewashingtonchorus.org.

Celtic Angels at BlackRock

Celtic Angels will be continuing their American tour with a performance on March 15th at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Accompanied by The Celtic Knight Dancers and The Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin, the Celtic Angels' mastery of their voices and Irish musical traditions celebrate the cherished roots of Ireland for all those fortunate to hear. The performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 - $45. For more information on ticketing and direction, please visit blackrockcenter.org.

Goitse at Hylton Performing Arts Center

Pronounced Go-wit-cha, Giotse is an award-winning quintet recognized for their energetic music that blends Celtic standards with emotional original compositions. Brace yourself for an unforgettable evening of foot-stomping, hand-clapping revelry that only Irish music can bring. You can see them perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 16th at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 - $44. For more information on ticketing and directions, please visit hyltoncenter.org.