FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016
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Boston – Massachusetts celebrates its proud Irish heritage each March with hundreds of Irish cultural activities, including parades, concerts, dance recitals, literary readings, film screenings, exhibits and other activities taking place across the Commonwealth.
This weekend, St. Patrick Day parades are scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 19 in Lawrence, and on Sunday, March 20 in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.
Earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed March 2016 as Irish Heritage Month, citing the Irish contribution to the Commonwealth and praising noteworthy Irish-Americans like Revolutionary War General John Sullivan, artist John Singleton Copley, astronaut and teacher Christa Corrigan McAuliffe and President John F. Kennedy
“Massachusetts is proud of its ethnic communities, which reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state,” says Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and Interim Director of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT). “We welcome visitors to join us in celebrating the distinct heritage and cultural traditions of the Irish in Massachusetts throughout the month.”
Massachusetts is a popular destination for visitors from Ireland, according to Massport, with direct service between both Shannon International Airport and Dublin International Airport to Boston’s Logan International Airport seven days a week.
Massachusetts attracts 22.9 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors each year, according to MOTT. For year-round information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.