Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Texan Style IRISH CELEBRATIONS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
America is known as a hotbed for diverse traditions, which is why holidays like St. Patrick’s Day are so important. While we weren’t the first Kellys in America, my family is always eager to celebrate their Irish roots in March. Through the years, we’ve found a couple of events that everyone in the family enjoys. If you’re looking for the best beer, bands, and authentic Irish cuisine this St. Patrick’s Day, there are two celebrations you can’t miss!
NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL
From March 6–8, join the Texas-Irish community for three days filled with authentic Irish cuisine and activities! Held at Fair Park, enjoy authentic Irish and American food from 30 local vendors, including Rolling Cone Soft Serve Ice Cream, Fruitland Gourmet, Fletch, Nomadic Noodle, and so much more. The atmosphere is very relaxed, which makes it perfect for bigger families who have to keep track of young kids. There’s usually a 50-50 chance of precipitation, but since it’s often raining in Ireland, it’s very fitting! If you’re a music aficionado, this is the event for you as they have an assortment of local and international bands playing everything from rock to Celtic. Some of the local bands include 5 Second Rule, The Rogues, and Sombati. There will also be a whiskey tasting to help you refine your taste and find the brand that’s best for you. If you’ve never tried authentic Irish whiskey, you’re in for a treat. In contrast to Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey is distilled three times instead of twice, which gives it a lighter flavor. Because of this extensive distilling process, there are only a handful of working Irish distilleries today, which makes Irish whiskey so sought after.
encompasses the entirety of lower Greenville Avenue between Vanderbilt and Vickery, with a parade at 11 a.m. featuring 100 floats. Two shuttle locations are available for parking, including the Mockingbird Station and the corner of Mockingbird and Greenville. For the green beer fan in your clan, nine bars will participate in the festivities. Some of them include Blue Goose, Dodie’s Reef, and The Grape. Want to keep the fun going after 7 p.m.? Join the rest of the community for the after party at Stan’s Blue Note bar and grill. Like the North Texas Irish Festival, they will have three sound stages, so there will be plenty of music to enjoy. Are you looking forward to any local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Let me know next time you’re in the office! I’m always looking for new and fun ways to enjoy the holiday with my friends and family.
LOWER GREENVILLE BLOCK PARTY
Hosted by The Vanderbilt to Vicky Association from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 16, this is the largest event of its kind in Dallas. It’s important to note that it’s better suited for young adults as the festivities tend to get a little bit rowdier than the North Texas Irish Festival. The block party
-Patrick R. Kelly
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