Book It: Syracuse’s most popular Sunday Funday built around emerald lager is less than a month away

Green Beer Sunday 2023

Cheers! the first green beers of the season at Green Beer Sunday 2023 at Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub. (Charlie Miller |

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Hurry up and book your babysitter and ask for the next day off before it’s too late. Green Beer Sunday, Central New York’s most popular Sunday Funday, is officially less than a month away.

Dennis Coleman, the son of the locally-invented holiday’s founder, announced this year’s festivities will be Feb. 25 in and around Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub at 100 S. Lowell St. The daylong party include a tiny parade that stretches a mere two blocks, the pouring of the year’s first green pilsner from a tanker-truck and live music inside and out throughout the day.

Peter Coleman, the longtime owner of the pub, invented Green Beer Sunday in the 1960s. He proclaimed that marks the official beginning of St. Patrick’s “season” in Central New York. He oversaw the annual party until he died in 2021. Dennis Coleman has since taken over.

The 20th annual St. Baldrick’s event to raise money to conquer pediatric cancer is a week later, on March 3, at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub downtown.

The 19th annual Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run is March 9.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kickoff event at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub is noon on March 10.

The painting of the green stripe is March 15 at the corner of Water and South Salina streets with Parade honorees. That’s followed by the Grand Marshal Gala at 6 p.m. This year’s grand marshals are Marty Cahill and Dave Lynch, a couple of local barflies who have done a lot for Syracuse’s Irish community over the years.

The 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Parade Day downtown is March 16. The parade rolls down South Salina Street starting at noon.

The season ends, obviously, the following day on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day itself.


Charlie Miller finds the best in food, drink and fun across Central New York. Contact him at (315) 382-1984, or by email at You can also find him under @HoosierCuse on Twitter and on Instagram. Sign up for his free weekly Where Syracuse Eats newsletter here.

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