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St. Patrick's Day in Niagara Falls doesn't get any better than this, so join us at Doc’s and paint the town green!

St. Patrick's Day in Niagara Falls doesn't get any better than this, so join us at Doc’s and paint the town green!

OK everyone. Let’s collectively take a deep breath and accept the fact that our beloved St. Patrick’s Day falls on what is probably the most loathsome day of the week: Yep, we’re talking about Monday. It’s for this reason we’re going to show this fine, Irish-inspired holiday a little more love this year.

That’s right: If you’re looking for the best St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Niagara Falls, look no further than the Doc’s - the city’s premiere Irish pub and the only place in town to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion.

We’ve planned an unparalleled 2014 St.Patrick’s Day celebration that spans an entire 4 days, so call your boss and cash in on those sick days and vacation time – you’ve got some serious celebrating to do.

Our St. Patrick’s Day long weekend kicks off on Friday, March 14th with a 3 day St. Practice Day party to get you in the Irish spirit.  It culminates on Monday, with the big day itself, so break out your best green garb and come on down to Doc’s!

Here’s Doc Magilligan’s St. Patrick’s Day long weekend line-up:

Friday, March 14th
5pm: Opening Ceremony & Niagara Regional Pipe Band
6pm: Celtic Odyssey Highland Dancers
8pm: Alvin Lapp Trio

Saturday, March 15th
12pm: 2 Man Group
5pm: Fear the Worst
10pm: The Postman

Sunday, March 16th
2pm: Tim Shaughnessy & Steve Doucet
6pm: Celtic Odyssey Highland Dancers
8pm: The Pub Jugs

Monday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day

1pm: Daryl Gray
4pm: Celtic Odyssey Highland Dancers
5pm: Alvin Lapp Trio
10pm: Desire - U2 tribute band

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A little history about St. Patrick’s Day...

St. Patrick's Day is named after (you guessed it!) St. Patrick (385 - 461 AD), one of the most famous patron saints of Ireland. Originally, St. Patrick's Day served as a time to commemorate the introduction of Christianity in Ireland and by extension, the teachings of St. Patrick himself. The day was made an official celebration of Christianity in the early 17th century.  Parades, feasts and festivals were common ways to observe the day. People also wore shamrocks (which St. Patrick had used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish) and enjoyed ceilithe - a social gathering that includes Gaelic dancing and folk music.

During this festive time, religious restrictions on alcohol consumption were lifted, which has led to the prominent pairing of St. Patrick's Day and alcohol.

Today, St. Patrick's Day is not a universally recognized public holiday in most countries, though the good people in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montserrat and Newfoundland and Labrador do enjoy a day off to partake in festivities. St. Patrick’s Day is also not commonly associated with religion anymore, though some people do use this time to go to church for a special service. Regardless of the origins of the day, St. Patrick’s Day gives people of all denominations and nationality a chance to don green and embrace their inner Irish.

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