This is my dog Willamena at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Its where New York City will begin St. Patrick's Day festivities Saturday with Mass at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at 44th and 5th Avenue. A warning, however, if you are planning to take Metro North into the city. The MTA has banned alcohol on the trains for Saturday into early Sunday morning.
One day ahead of St. Patrick's day, Bridgeport is holding its 25th annual parade Friday at noon. A Mass will held at 8:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral on Washington Avenue. The parade begins at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The route is north on Broad Street, then right onto Fairfield Avenue, right onto Main Street then back to the Arena.
News 12 Photographer Lori Golias at the 2006 Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade doesn't make it into the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, but along Fairfield Avenue there, Irish spirit exists year round. That calls for a tour! (Remember the Willabeast Haunted Tour?) Mena even gets a little help from her boyfriend, Otis, for this one. (Otis is the dog of Lori Golias, pictured above. Thanks to her contribution here.)
The 2007 McMena and O'Otis Black Rock Irish Pub and Restaurant Crawl.
1. The Field
As soon as McMena read the authentic Irish recipe for Bubble and Squeak on my blog from The Field owner Patrick Hogan, she had to check it out for herself. This restaurant is considered American with an European flair, but the owner is 100-percent Irish!
2. Black Rock Tavern (formerly Chubby's)
2926 Fairfield Avenue
Less than a half block and across the Avenue from The Field is The Black Rock Tavern. It serves traditional bar food, but McMena has heard stories of Irish beer and whiskey being enjoyed.
2895 Fairfield Avenue
Here is where O'Otis jumps in. He wants to showcase his favorite Irish Restaurant and Bar, the Castle. O'Otis says it is closed on Mondays but features Prime Rib Dinners on Sunday Nights, and of course Irish music. The Pub is modeled after the Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland. Of course you can get a Guiness on tap here!
2816 Fairfield Avenue
2804 Fairfield Ave
This place doesn't serve Irish food or beer, but you can get a great pizza along with Chicken Parm, pasta, calamari, mozzarella sticks. You may question its place on this tour, but McMena is with O'Otis on this one. The shamrocks are on the awning year-round, not just in March. Irish. (O'Otis can't concentrate because this place gives him pizza crust!)
2720 Fairfield Ave
Serving Irish and American food, this is also a place to catch some live tunes. All of these restaurants/bars are walking distance from each other.
We don't think either dog is Irish. But that won't stop them from barking, kissing or celebrating this weekend!