St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the day St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. It has given rise to a number of Irish-themed festivities. In fact, in the 1990s, Congress designated March as National Irish American Heritage Month.
In Austin, TX, the day is celebrated by St. Patrick’s Day Austin, sponsored by the Celtic Cultural Center and the City of Austin, and celebrated by anyone looking for a good time.
St. Patrick’s Day Austin will occur on March 17 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Farms. There will be entertainment in two indoor and outdoor tents.
There will be entertainment from the Capital Cities Men’s Chorus, traditional music, clog dancing, face painting, and an Irish language workshop from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Inishfree Irish Dancers, a school in Austin, will also be giving a special presentation.
No festival is complete without food and libations, and thus you will also find Irish classics such as corned beef and cabbage, Irish po’ boys (a classic combined with southern American trad), and fish and chips.
And what's a celebration without beer! The website proudly notes that, since this is a celebration of Irish culture and not of rowdy St. Patrick’s day parades, there will be no gimmicks like green beer. You can expect traditional favorites such as Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks.
Traditional music, you say? The trio of Sean Gavin, Devin Shepherd, and Eamon O’Leary will combine fiddles, Irish pipes, flutes, and guitar for a blistering traditional set. Silver Thistle, a group of Scottish bagpipers and drummers, will perform as well, showing the broad Celtic brush from which St. Patrick’s Day Austin draws.
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