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Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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    Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
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    Karim Simmons, right, from the Bronx, watches the participants march up 5th Ave during the St. Patrick's Day parade, Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    If you have the day off, there are several great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – parades, food and beer.

    Bridgeport’s parade happens this afternoon at noon.

    But many people who can are expected to travel out of state.

    To make it easier to get to the 250th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, which starts at 11 a.m., Metro-North has added train service in New York.

    There are, however, no extra trains on the New Haven Line because of equipment shortages.

    If you don’t usually use Metro-North, check timetables at your train station or online and buy roundtrip tickets from your home station to avoid waiting on long lines at ticket windows in Grand Central when you’re coming home.

    Don’t bring alcohol on Metro-North trains. MTA Police will be at stations and onboard trains and will confiscate booze if you bring it. Metro-North’s bar carts and café cars will not be in operation on the holiday.

    See schedules page for details on train times

    The Fifth Avenue parade route runs from 44th to 86th streets. Walk there from Grand Central Terminal.

    If you’re planning to stay in Connecticut, several pubs are hosting St. Patrick’s Day events. 

     Click here to learn more on what Mckinnon’s Irish Pub in Hartford, McLadden’s Irish Pub in West Hartford, Wicked Wolf in New Haven, O’Neill’s in South Norwalk and Hanafin’s in New London are doing to make your St. Patrick’s Day festive.

    One interesting food special we’ve come across is the special corned beef pizza at Colony Grill in Fairfield and Stamford, thanks to CT Bites. Yum!

    Do you take St. Patrick's Day to the extreme? Send us photos.