Mystic’s St. Patrick’s Celebrations!

From the 5K road race, to the Mystic Irish Parade, to the pints, you can find your pot o’ gold in Mystic, Connecticut, during our St. Patrick’s celebrations. Now St. Patrick’s Day is officially Saturday, March 17, but Mystic’s making that day just the starting point for a weekend of shenanigans.

Running for the Gold

The festivities kick off on Saturday, March 17, with the Mystic Irish 5K. May the luck of the Irish be with you as you run this certified race course! The course starts and ends in Downtown Mystic (only a 5 minute drive from Hojos) and follows the Mystic River. The race winners not only get bragging rights, but also get to march in the Parade the following day! Click here for more race details. (We’ll be cheering you on!)

Everybody Loves an Irish Parade

This is only the 15th year for the Mystic Irish Parade, but boy, this baby has grown. Do you see the crowd in the photo below? That’s how many people come to the parade, times a lot. This year’s parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at 1 p.m. The route starts at Mystic Seaport and ends in Downtown Mystic. (Click here parade route map.) We recommend getting your viewing spot early because the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Mystic and walking in the parade!

If you want to catch the Clydesdales early, you can visit them at Mystic Seaport who will be offering free admission to children ages 13 and younger on March 22-25 to see the horses, which will be housed in a special tent/stable on the Village Green inside the Museum.

Mystic Irish Parade - Downtown Mystic CT

Photo courtesy of the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country

Celebrate with a Pint or Two

Downtown Mystic has two Irish pubs in town, the Harp & Hound on Pearl Street and John’s Mystic River Tavern on Cottrell Street for those looking for a pint after the Parade. If you don’t want to stick with the Irish theme, there’s many other restaurants with drink and dining specials that day, or you can come back to Hojos and try our neighbor across the street at Olde Mistick Village: Jealous Monk, a European-style social hall and beer garden featuring 32 draft beers.

Click here to make Hojos – Mystic your Irish Parade place to stay!

Photo courtesy of the Eastern Regional Tourism District/Mystic Country