MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The parade may not be until Sunday, but Breda Leahy is asking Mamaroneck residents to dress in their greenest, most unique outfits for a St. Patrick's Day party Saturday at her Mamaroneck boutique, Brigit: Ethereal Objects to Wear, Treasure and Give.Born in Ireland, Leahy remembers celebrating the special day and hopes to bring that authentic Irish culture to Mamaroneck."When I was growing up in Ireland, the girls would braid green ribbons in their hair and everybody would pin shamrocks to their clothes," Leahy said. "We would also wear heart badges with the colors of the Irish flag. There were no big parades but we had get-togethers and parties like the one Brigit is hosting. It is such an honor to take part in this celebration of Irish culture in Mamaroneck."In celebration of the holiday, Leahy's shop, at 323 Mamaroneck Ave., will be filled with Irish music and food. She'll offer St. Patrick's Day-themed face painting for children. Brigit employees will snap pictures of people wearing green and will reward the one wearing the most unique, greenest outfit with a special prize. In addition to the fun and games, there will be a charity raffle to benefit Cecily's Fund , Children of the Ganges and the American Red Cross. Prizes were donated by Harmony Apothecary, Main Hosiery, Molly Spillanes, Peer2Peer Tutors and Yogis Paw.
Leahy's boutique, she said, features handcrafted items by talented female artists from Mamaroneck to Morocco. The Mamaroneck resident opened Brigit in November 2010 with a vision of empowering female artisans, as well as those in need.
Party-goers will also find Irish trinkets, from traditional sterling pendants, jewelry boxes and hand mirrors adorned with Celtic knot work.The luck of the Irish will shine on Mamaroneck both Saturday, for the party at Brigit, and Sunday, for the inaugural Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade .
For more information about Brigit, the charities represented or the event, please contact Breda Leahy and Caroline Propersi by at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (914) 630-2031 and (914) 275-2886, respectively.
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