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How To Safely Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Bridgeport, CT

By: Jacobs and Wallace March 15, 2019 no comments

How To Safely Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Bridgeport, CT

If you’re looking for an exciting way to celebrate your Irish heritage this St. Patrick’s Day, you are in luck! There are tons of fun-filled events for everyone’s taste in Connecticut both this weekend and next weekend. Here are a few of the most popular shamrock celebrations that won’t disappoint:

Local Parades

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday, March 15, at 12 pm

New London St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 17, at 1 pm

Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 24, at 2 pm

Meridian St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 23, at 2 pm

Mystic Irish Parade
Sunday, March 24, at 1 pm

Museums and Runs

O’Niantic 5k- Niantic
Saturday, March 17
The route is a loop. Costumes are encouraged! Children can run too.

O’Hartford 5k – Hartford
Sunday, March 19
Run through downtown Hartford and end at Bushnell Park where you will be met by Irish music and entertainment to keep the festive mood happening. There is also a children’s run.

Jonny’s Jog for Charity – West Hartford
Sunday, March 19
Come run the 5k that was created to honor John Moran, a nine-year-old who passed away from a central nervous system disease. The race benefits three local non-profit charities.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Quinnipiac University
Learn about Irish history and the Irish Famine, and explore the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art and educational resources.

Food, Drinks, and Music

Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society in West Hartford, March 15 and 16
Offering Irish cuisine with live music and a variety of tavern games.

Shenanigans Irish Festival
Branford’s Stony Creek Brewery, March 16
The festival offers authentic style Irish Ale.

Dublin City Ramblers
Hartford’s Infinity Hall, March 15
Lively Irish musical event.

For more information on Irish events in your neighborhood, check out Visit Ct and Mommy Poppins to find a St. Patrick’s celebration near you.

The Danger on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is undoubtedly one of the rowdiest holidays of the year. There are approximately 32.3 million people in America with claims to Irish heritage, and even those with no Irish decedents love to participate in the festivities. It’s predicted that over half of the U.S. population will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year creating millions of opportunities for accidents to occur.

To help keep everyone in your group and family safe this year, review these common St. Patrick’s Day safety tips to help prevent unnecessary injuries this holiday:

  • No Driving and Driving: According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking holiday of the year. At least 69 percent of crash fatalities involve drunk drivers on this day, and 3 out of 4 fatal drunk driving accidents involve a driver whose alcohol level is twice the legal limit. Make sure no one in your group is driving under the influence this St. Patrick’s Day. Use public transportation or ride sharing apps as a safer option for getting home in one piece.
  • Drunk Walking Can Be Dangerous Too: With an increase in drunk drivers and an increase in drunk pedestrians, fatal pedestrian accidents skyrocket on St. Patrick’s Day. The NHTSA reports at least 36 percent of pedestrians who are killed in car crashes on this holiday had blood alcohol levels over the legal limit of .08. Try not to consume too many drinks when out at a bar or an event. Stay with your group, only cross at crosswalks, and stay far from the curbs to avoid stumbling onto a busy road.
  • Alcohol-Related Illnesses: Aside from becoming injured in a traffic accident, binge drinking on St. Patrick’s Day can cause alcohol poisoning and extreme dehydration that can result in future health consequences or possibly even death. Make sure you are staying in control of your alcohol consumption and watching your water intake throughout the day to avoid becoming ill.
  • Keep Your Pets Safe: It may seem fun to bring your pet to a parade or Irish celebration, but there are tons of hazards to watch for. Shamrocks and alcohol can be toxic to pets when consumed, but they seem to want to taste them anyway. Parades and celebrations with loud noises can also make them nervous and anxious. Try attending a nice quiet celebration if possible or find someone to keep an eye on your pet while you are out. For more pet safety tips, visit Center For Pet Safety.

Have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Jacobs & Wallace!

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