Write-up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb

There couldn’t be a better day to go green in Hartford, Connecticut then Saturday, March 10, when the city hosts the 41st annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. One of Hartford’s most popular events, the parade kicks off at 11 a.m.and is expected to draw thousands of spectators lining the parade route from the State Capitol to Memorial Arch at Bushnell Park.

Many Hartford restaurants and pubs are slated to open early, including Vaughan’s Public House and McKinnon’s Irish Pub. Check out McKinnon’s witty verse on Facebook which captures the traditionally light-hearted, upbeat spirit of St. Patty’s parade day in Hartford. It reads – Here’s to a long life and a happy one, A quick death and an easy one, A pretty girl and a honest one, A cold beer and another one!

Units are scheduled to march from the municipalities of East Hartford, Glastonbury, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Newington, Rocky Hill, South Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Vernon. The parade will begin on Capitol Avenue then turn left onto Main Street, left onto Asylum Street, left onto Ford Street and end by the arch. It will be broadcast live on WTIC-TV Channel 61.

(Look for parade photos on an upcoming newsandviewsjb)