Paddy on Poplar returns for Second Saturday

CAMBRIDGE — For the second year in a row, Paddy on Poplar will return. On March 11, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Poplar Street with live music, a special ChopDank’d beer release from RAR Brewing, and much more. The event will kick off at 1 p.m.

The event began as Paddy in the Alley several years ago when it was organized by a business named Leaky Pete’s and was held in an alley off Gay Street. In 2016, with the absence of Leaky Pete’s, businesses on Poplar Street decided to keep the event going.

This year the event coincides with the opening weekend of the Harriet Tubman Visitors Center.

“We are looking for ways to help celebrate and incorporate the opening of the state park visitor center into the event this year,” said Main Street Executive Director Katie Clendaniel, “banners will be hung downtown, and we will honor the opening of the park, as well as announce the coming Groove on Pine music event to be held in July.” Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie and Sooks at 527 Poplar St., said she is looking forward to Paddy on Poplar.

“Holding the event in March is helpful for business owners downtown, since it helps boost traffic after what can typically be a difficult start to the year,” Ms. Bramble said. “We look forward to welcoming folks to join us downtown for a fun and festive event. It is really a great way to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring.”

More on Paddy on Poplar will be announced soon as a part of the Second Saturday line up. For more information, visit or follow announcements on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter social media outlets.

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