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SPECIAL EVENTS | St. Patrick Parade & Events 

Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday dedicated to the celebration of Irish heritage. Whether you're Irish or not, this week you'll likely have your fill of leprechauns, green, and "Kiss me, I'm Irish" t-shirts. While Saint Patty's Day is notorious for being one of the biggest binge-drinking days of the year, there are various safe, and sober, ways to spend the holiday. Here are just a few of the related events going on this weekend. For a full list of events, visit our online calendar at rochestercitynewspaper.com.

Start the holiday weekend a little early. On Thursday, March 13, one of the most popular Irish traditional music groups, The Chieftains, will perform at the Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). The Amadeus Chorale Youth Singers will join The Chieftains live on stage. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $32. Tickets can be bought at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, visit rbtl.org.

The Irish Players of Rochester will be showcasing Irish tradition by putting on "Shining City," an Irish ghost story for today. The production will open Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. and will continue through Saturday, March 29, at MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.). General admission tickets are $19, $14 for anyone over 65, and $9 for anyone under 25. For more information, and a complete list of show dates, visit muccc.org.

Don't miss the 37th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 15, starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade will take place on East Avenue and Main Street and will be preceded by various other events such as a Celtic Faire and flag-raising ceremony. For more information visit rochesterparade.com.

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