Sober event 'reclaims' SPD

The 13th Annual Sober St. Patrick’s Day will again “reclaim the day,” beginning at 4:30 on Saturday — just as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is winding down— at Church of the Epiphany Parish Hall, 375 Second Ave., between 21st and 22nd Street, in Manhattan. The live Irish music, step dancing, crafts, games, food, refreshments and more will continue through 7 p.m.

Among those listed to perform are the 5-time All-Ireland champion fiddler Brian Conway; the award-winning Donny Golden School of Irish Dance; leading uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan; Mid-Atlantic CCE Hall of Fame keyboard player Brendan Dolan; button accordionist, and All-Ireland medalist, Seagda Coyle; and vocalist Fiona Conway Fogarty.

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Sober St. Patrick’s Day’s mission is “to reclaim the true spirit of St. Patrick's Day by changing the perception and experience from an occasion for binge drinking and other misuses of alcohol to a celebration of the richness of Irish culture and the legacy of St. Patrick.”

“Once again, we’ll gather to celebrate Ireland’s biggest day through the arts, culture, food, and warm welcome the Irish are known for,” Sober St. Patrick’s Day founder and chairperson William Spencer Reilly said. “We welcome all to join us for Sober St. Patrick’s Day and to enjoy Ireland’s biggest day in a healthy, enriching way.”

The event has sold out every year, so advance ticket purchase is recommended and available at