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The Saint Patrick’s Day party can’t be stopped by a little thing like St. Patrick’s day being over!

The fun keeps going this weekend, when Brooklyn’s largest Saint Paddy’s Day parade takes over the streets of Bay Ridge on Sunday.

Thanks to daylight savings time, it is still light out at 7 pm, but no need to wait until sunset to get your party started — the all-girl rock ’n’ roll outfit SheRox takes the stage at Red White and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets) at 4 pm on Saturday. This is the one spot of non-Gaelic entertainment on the agenda this week, so kick back and enjoy the music and decidedly non-Irish margaritas for $5 until 8 pm.

Then, what better way to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day Parade Eve than with the president of the parade committee? His imaginatively-titled band Frankie Marra and His Band will throw down at Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) at 10 pm. Marra may be stepping down as prez this year, but he will step out bright and early for the parade the next morning — so you have no excuse for missing it!

The parade starts at 1 pm on Sunday, so grab your shillelagh — to use as a walking stick, of course — and march to Third Avenue! Look for bars along the route with “official headquarters” banners outside, where you can get a drink, info on marchers and bands in the parade, and buy raffle tickets, which organizers will call at the review stand on 77th Street.

Alongside the parade, the Wicked Monk (9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets) will celebrate in its own way. Traditional Irish ramblers Jameson’s Revenge and New York’s “thirstiest Irish band” (self-proclaimed ) Shilelagh Law will tear up the stage at the Monk. The party starts at noon — an hour before the parade kicks off — and ends at 10 pm. Stick around all night and you will be feeling Jameson’s Revenge in more ways than one!

Or step-dance your way to PC’s Bar (7215 Fifth Ave. between 72nd and 73rd streets) for an after-party featuring the James Riley Band. They go on at 4 pm and will be playing Irish songs all afternoon. And nothing is more Irish than a good deal on beer, so enjoy $3.50 pints of Brooklyn Lager.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at dlynch@cnglocal.com.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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