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St. Patrick’s Day In The Hamptons – Go Green (as in beer)

Submitted by on March 12, 2011 – 8:01 amOne Comment
Nancy Atlas Elvis Float

Nancy Atlas Elvis Float

In the Celtic days “going green” had to do with sustainability but it was how many green beers you could consume and sustain your balance without falling down and having the wee fairies make fun of you.

For East Enders St. Patrick’s Day is a hallowed rite of spring with their Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will be held Sunday March 20 at 1pm in Montauk.  Many may not know that St. Patrick is actually the patron saint of Elvis impersonators on floats who watches out that their signature hip moves while lip synching to Blue Suede Shoes do not hurtle them into the waving crowds (note this specifically applies to those lovelies on the float of the unsinkable rock and roll queen Nancy Atlas.)

Montauk's Finest at the St. Patrick's Day Pararde

Montauk's Finest at the St. Patrick's Day Pararde

This is an all day family affair with clam chowder tastings and trinkets and candy being tossed in the air and everyone coming outside in hope of warm weather and cold beer.  Do arrive early as the traffic is crazy and make sure you have a designated driver.  And need we say it… wear green.

One day clearly isn’t enough to celebrate:

Friends of Erin Cocktail Party – Saturday March 19, 4-8pm

Held at Gurney’s Inn this is the main fundraising event for the parade with tickets at $60 per person in advance (call 631-668-1578) or $70 at the door.  Forget Fourth of July – anyone who is anyone in Montauk shows up for this National Holiday – Irish heritage or not.

Shagwong on Main Street is like the Studio 54 of Montauk – simply the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day as well as the parade with wrist bands and all. Whatever cover is worth it just for a place to pee.

Nancy Atlas

Another hot spot on Main Street in Montauk is the The Memory Motel which would have the Rolling Stones green with envy if they knew Green Machine was playing there Saturday March 19 at 11pm with the Leprechauns who will also appear with The Vinyl Stash on Sunday afternoon. (692 Montauk Hwy, 631-668-2702.)

Rowdy Hall, East Hampton – Thursday March 17 & Sunday March 20

Special Irish food and drinks will be served as well as live music playing at this famous pub.  All we can say is hello bagpipes, baby – anything under that kilt?

Like Ground Hog Day, the weather on the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade tends to set the tone for the entire Hamptons season so pray for warm, balmy breezes and dry weather.  Let’s hope Elvis doesn’t see his shadow.

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