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Downtown Freehold Announces St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Irish Week in Freehold Borough will begin Tuesday, March 12 and will continue through St. Patrick's Day.

In a few weeks, Freehold will be seeing green, with the kick off of Irish Week.

Starting on March 12, Downtown Freehold will begin its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Irish Week featuring local food, drink and music.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday March 12 and Wednesday March 13, Downtown Freehold will host the Flavor of Freehold. Ticket holders will be able to experience some of Freehold’s most loved restaurants and shops.  A complete list of participating businesses can be seen here. Tickets for the event cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the Downtown Freehold Office or at flavor-freehold.weebly.com.

Irish Week continues with Downtown Freehold’s Pub Crawl. Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, March. 15 four participating pubs will be holding a scotch or beer tasting. Participation in the beer crawl cost $20. Tickets for the scotch crawl cost $40. To purchase tickets contact Downtown Freehold at 732-333-0094.

After getting some rest on Saturday, Irish week will continue on Sunday, March 17 with the Freehold St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the Freehold Borough Arts Council. After the parade, Downtown Freehold will be continuing the celebration with the sound of bagpipes from 7 to 9 p.m. to go along with St. Patrick’s Day specials at local restaurants.

More information about any of these events can be found online at downtownfreehold.com.

Richard February 21, 2013 at 07:30 PM
What Pub's besides Court Jester are on the list for the Pub Crawl?
Curious George February 23, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Just what we need...a legitimate reason for more people to cruise the bars and get drunk...How much more can the politicians stereotype the Irish than create a pub crawl offering beer and scotch...Big deal, I'm sure they'll hide their crassness by saying it's at night but don't kid yourself. There'll be plenty of booze flowing all day long and to what end? And this is even before the holiday actually begins...It's bad enough to see what happens on the 17th but now they want to start it off 5 days earlier? This is shameful.
Lisa February 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Whoa, there, Killjoy. This kind of promotion is occurring throughout the entire country, as it has for decades. You don't want to drink alcohol, then enjoy your teetotalism, totally. I think the only thing "shameful" is your condemning Debbie Downer attitude. Maybe you will be happier watching porn on your TV in your basement all week. Nothing wrong or hurtful about that, eh? (Except maybe Mr Happy may be a bit sore.)
Curious George February 24, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Just because it's occurring throughout the country as it has for decades doesn't change the facts. Too many young people (and older ones also) use this holiday to tank up on beer all day long and disgrace themselves in public. Then what? They finish up their pub crawl and get back into their cars to drive home? Ask the police what they think of this holiday and what they have to deal with. It's enough that it happens on March 17 but to expand it to a whole week is nuts....Tell me what other religious or ethnic holiday wraps itself around people going in and out of bars to celebrate? Based on your comments, I don't think you need the holiday to do your own celebrating either. Just stay off the road.
Emily February 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Lisa, it's not a question of being into teetotalism as you say. It's a question of making alcohol the important basis of this holiday. It gives many an excuse to imbibe to such a degree that it impairs rationality. Your comment to C. George is very defensive and insulting. His remarks are right on. What about our young people who learn this is the best way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!! It just gives people an excuse to consume too much alcohol. It also puts the driving public in harms way when an inebriated person takes the wheel. So, Mr. George isn't saying he's against all alcohol consumption partaken in a responsible way. It's just when folks take this to an extreme which happens when it's considered part of the cultural thing to do that it becomes dangerous. Ireland, Russia, etc. are dealing with severe alcohol problems. In this country we know that many college students, frat. members become destructive in their behavior when they misuse and abuse alcohol. So, this is something to be taken more seriously. But, why do you have to make such vulgar statements to get your point across? Most of us are concerned about the emphasis on drinking during this holiday. We can celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland without overindulgence..Don't you think so, Lisa?
Brian Sullivan February 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Emily and George, for those who are looking for a more cultural flavor without emphasis on alcohol, the Freehold Borough Arts Council has that covered. The above article mentions the parade which is very family oriented. In past years we held viewings of Irish films. Last year after the first ever St. Patrick's Day parade in Freehold we had a wonderful children's film shown at Center Players. This year we do not have a film lined up but I do believe we will be featuring Irish dancers as well as a couple of other possible surprises. All in all, it is a good time for that time of year when not much is going on. Come out and enjoy!
Emily February 24, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Let's remember the rich Irish culture with playwrights, novelists, short story writers, dancers, musicians, historians, poets, philosophers.....James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Frank McCourt, Maeve Binchy and thousands of others who have contributed and enriched our lives in so many ways.
Kathryn McMahon March 03, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Can't wait to get blasted at the pub crawl and ring and run curious George's door bell!!
Howie March 03, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I agree Kathryn!!! Curious George needs to stop being so damn curious!
Lisa March 03, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I'm another Lisa. I do understand where Curious George is coming from. Excessive, reckless and irresponsible drinking can occur in folks of any age, really. Certainly, people who do have problems limiting alcohol intake can take advantage of these types of events. But I would also assume that there will be some extra security presence to stop anyone getting out of control. . I see also where an event like this for responsible adults is fun and a way to get out and socialize in a festive atmosphere after a cooped-up winter. I am not much of a drinker but I enjoy being around people who are enjoying themselves and a holiday. PS: Emily, I love your post! Oscar Wilde is a favorite of mine!

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