Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the right ways

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By Soule Coram, news correspondent

PREVIEW: Do you want get off campus to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the city? Here’s your guide for inexpensive activities this weekend.

Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour

The Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Tour will take place throughout the holiday weekend. Go to the Boston House of Blues at 15 Lansdowne St. between Thursday and Sunday to listen to the bands: the Dropkick Murphys and their openers, Agnostic Front and Bim Skala Bim. The concert starts every day at 6 p.m., except for St. Patrick’s Day, which has showings at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m., followed by an after party at HOB for the first 1,000 people who buy tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Claddagh Fund, which raises money to give to underfunded non-profits in the Boston community.

Irish Cultural Center of New England

Dance, eat, listen to music and put off doing your homework at the Irish Cultural Center of New England. The center is open all day, so visitors can come and go as they please and learn about Irish culture in the United States. You can listen to the musical story “Mother Jones” by Berklee College and watch multiple Irish dance performances: The Brady Academy of Irish Dance, the Haley School and Kenny Academy, to name a few. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn Irish dances. Admission is $10 on St. Patrick’s Day, whereas their usual events range in the $20s, and individual membership is $50. If you want to celebrate early, the Irish Cultural Center also has performances on Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Irish Heritage Trail

Learn and experience Boston’s Irish history in the outdoors on the 90-minute, three-mile Irish Heritage Trail. Kapie McFadden, marketing coordinator for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Center, said the guided tour explains 300 years of Boston history.

“The trail is for all audiences and a great way to integrate education in such historic Irish locations,” McFadden said.

Each day this weekend there is one guided tour. The tour begins Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Guided tours meet at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and cost $12 for students. Otherwise, the self-guided tour begins at the Rose Kennedy Garden and ends at Fenway Park.

Little Bit of Ireland

Taking place at the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham, Massachusetts, “Little Bit of Ireland” is an artistic representation highlighting a typical Irish life through song and dance. You can attend the performances on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets vary in price depending on where you sit, so look online beforehand.

Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade of South Boston is a must-see while you’re in the city. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m., the day after St. Patrick’s Day.

“The parade is an event where I can celebrate being Irish and have a good time with my friends,” said Patrick Estrella, first-year international affairs and political science combined major.

The parade, which is open to all, will begin at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority red line Broadway station and end at the intersection of Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street.

“People in Boston have a lot of pride and want to celebrate and represent the Irish culture,” said Ciana Cronin, first-year finance and management double major. “The parade is really fun and enjoyable.”

Visit classic Irish pubs

Boston is home to some legendary Irish pubs, so take the opportunity to stop by the Green Dragon in the West End or The Gate Bar and Restaurant in Jamaica Plain. On the other side of the river, stop by Cambridge’s The Plough and Stars or Grafton Street Pub and Grill for a good ol’ time.

“We wanted to go somewhere lowkey, with a young crowd, and inexpensive cover fee,” said Brynn Vessey, a third-year behavioral neuroscience major, on why she’s going to Lansdowne Pub near Fenway this weekend.

Explore all the pubs the city has to offer and have fun decked out in all green.

Enjoy Irish cuisine

Check out the local Irish restaurants and celebrate with traditional Irish food.

Jamaica Plain is home to Doyle’s Cafe, while Back Bay features The Black Rose and MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub, which also has another location at Westin Waterfront. The restaurants specialize in Irish cuisine such as corned beef and cabbage, meat stew, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie!