updated March 2016:
Along with the promise of spring just around the corner, March brings with it another “green” celebration filled with merriment and tomfoolery, shamrocks and pots of gold. That’s right, St. Patrick ’s Day is nearly here, and we’ve got plenty of ways you can celebrate down here in Texas. Whether you’ve got the luck of the Irish flowing through your veins or not, it’s time you throw on your green getup, grab a pint of ale, and celebrate like you do.
1. St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Shamrock, TX. Clearly Texas has it all: what Valentine, TX is to Valentine’s Day, you can be assured Shamrock is held to the same expectations when March rolls around. Luckily, the town does not disappoint. Located just an hour east of Amarillo, The Shamrock celebration kicks off on Thursday, March 17th and runs through the 20th. Festivities include an Arts and Crafts Show, a Chili Cook-off, plenty of music and Irish dancing and, of course, a huge parade. But the most unique aspect of Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day tradition is the annual “Donegal contest,” where men of all ages compete starting in January to grow the most Irish-looking facial hair that would make any leprechaun proud. If you have an opportunity to make it out to Shamrock, TX, we guarantee you the excitement will not disappoint.
2. St. Patrick’s Day festival in Austin, TX. Who doesn’t love an excuse to head to Texas’ most eccentric city for a weekend of fun? At the St. Patrick’s Day festival held at Pioneer Farms, your craving for Irish entertainment will be filled to the brim with river dancing, children’s story telling in Irish, and a full supply of Irish beers on tap from Guinness to Smithwick’s. But what would Austin be without a solid dose of live music? Bagpipes and drums, accordions and fiddles, singing and dancing fill the stages for a non-stop Irish party.
3. St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas, TX. What better place for a parade on St. Patrick’s Day than down Greenville Ave.? Since its humble community beginnings in 1979 with a few cars and a few cold ones, this Dallas celebration has grown to see nearly 100,000 spectators annually. With over 100 floats to see, this event is among the top green parades to be seen, giving other top metropolitan cities a serious run for their pot o’ gold.
Wishing you all a St. Patrick’s Day filled with the luck of the Irish and lots of good, green fun!