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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in and around Salt Lake City, Utah

“As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.” 
We have quite a few Utahns that claim Irish ancestry. As such you would expect a number of events, celebrating Ireland’s most cherished holiday, to be held here in Utah. Rinceoiri Don Spraoi’s Irish dancers will be stepping out and helping to liven up several of those events.

Young Dubliners at The Depot: Catch the Young Dubs at The Depot, 400 S. West Temple on Thursday, March 8. Doors open 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets, $20, or $25 day of show. Visit The Depot website or call, 801-467-TIXX or 800-888-TIXX.
St. Patty’s Day Cooking Class: Gardner Village’s Taste will host an Irish themed cooking class. We all love Corned Beef and Cabbage! But let’s look at a more traditional menu of Parsnip & Apple Soup, Irish Soda Bread, Hunter’s Pie, Shortbread & Irish Coffee Pudding for dessert. Friday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30. Register online.
The 23rd Annual Leprechaun Lope: The 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run all start at 8:30 AM at the SE corner of the State Capitol and finish in Memory Grove. All pre-registered runners get a tee shirt. Everyone is encouraged to show their Irish spirit by wearing green and Irish costumes. Awards go to division winners, best Irish costume and fastest centipede (4 runners linked by a common costume or rope). Watch for real Leprechauns hiding along the courses! Join the St. Patrick’s Day parade after the race. Register thru
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Photowalk: This event, co-sponsored by Pictureline & Nikon, will be held Saturday, March 17th during the downtown Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day parade. Come play with Nikon gear while enjoying the parade! Details for rentals and the Photowalk itself can be found online
2012 Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Siamsa: The annual Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day parade, sponsored by the Hibernian Society of Utah, will be held at the Gateway Saturday, March 17, starting at 10 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Bless The American Worker”. After the parade there will be a siamsa, in the Gateway Grand Hall with plenty of dancing, music, and fun. Rinceoiri will be performing, so plan on this event!
Celtic Celebration at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden: Peery’s Egyptian Theater will hold it’s annual Celtic Celebration, 2415 Washington Blvd. in Ogden. Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 for students and seniors. Visit the website or call 801-689-8700.
Celtic Night: Come to Celtic Night March 17th and 23rd at the Ellen Eccles Theater! Enjoy a large amount of Irish Dancing from the Inishfre Irish Dance Company and relax to the amazing Irish music from Leaping Lulu! Get your tickets now at the Ellen Eccles Theater ticket office or online. Tickets are only $12/$15/$19! So come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us in true Irish Fashion!
St. Patrick’s Day at The Depot Featuring Swagger: Swagger provides dome local Irish music when they perform live at The Depot on Saturday, Mar. 17 at 6 p.m. Special guests include Slaymaker Hill, Wailing O’Sheas, and the Heathen Highlander Pipe Band. 400 S. West Temple, tickets $15. Must be 21 to attend.

St Patty’s Day 5K Gold Rush:The 3rd Annual St. Patty’s Day 5K Gold Rush will be held in South Jordan on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Be sure to wear your St. Patty’s Day best for our most popular race of the year! All runners receive a custom race shirt with the St. Patty’s Day theme.  Awards will be given for 1st – 3rd in each age group, Best Dressed and the coveted Green and Gold Award.  All runners will be entered into our raffle for prizes donated by our Race Sponsors. Register online.
Shamrock Shenanigans: Are you feeling lucky today? Starting at 8:00 a.m. find one of the St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks hidden in the kids area of the Draper Library and bring it to the kids desk to see how really lucky you are! For kids ages 12 and under. One shamrock per person while supplies last.
Dance sponsored by Wasatch Contras: Lively traditional music by Bandage a Trois, with Mike Cottle calling. No experience or partner needed, all dances taught and prompted. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Beginner’s workshop 7:00 PM, dancing from 7:30 to 10:30. General Admission $7, Students $5, Youth $3. More information at or contact Lori: 801-278-8765.

Orla Fallon in Concert: Orla Fallon, a harpist formerly of Celtic Woman, strikes out on her own with a 50-city tour in support of her new public television specials. Fallon visits SLC Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre, 138 W. 300 S. Tickets $40. Visit the website or call, 801-351-ARTS (2787) or 888-451-ARTS (2787).
‘Riverdance’ at Kingsbury Hall: Discover why nothing in the world compares to the original international phenomenon. “Riverdance” brings Irish dance, music and stories together with unforgettable magic, at Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. President’s Circle, March 31-April 2. Tickets $25-$57.50 Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 1, 2011, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, 2011, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, 2011, 1 and 6 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Festival 2012 in Ireland Explores the Science of Fun

A host of colourful characters were on hand in Dublin on February 23 to launch St. Patrick’s Festival 2012, which will take place from March 16th – 19th. Drawing inspiration from Dublin’s status as The City of Science, the Festival parade and ever-popular city Treasure Hunt are this year inspired by the how, what and why of science.
The launch revealed how Ireland will stage St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations to mark our country’s national holiday, with a fantastic programme of events to entertain young and old over the four-day Festival on the capital’s streets.  Celebrating the very best in Irish and international talent, Dublin will come alive with pageantry, culture, carnivals and free entertainment.
The sense of discovery, wonder and amazement of science will be seen in spectacular style on the streets of Dublin on 17th March.  With an audience of over 1 million, Ireland’s leading pageant companies will animate a selection of science questions posed by children, such as ‘How is a rainbow formed?’, ‘What makes the weather change? , How is electricity made?’’ and each will present their imaginative, colourful, remarkable and thought provoking creations on the streets of the capital during the Festival parade.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said: “St. Patrick’s Festival is a fantastic showcase for Ireland and for Irish tourism, and a centre piece of our tourism calendar. This festival makes the most of the unique international profile of St Patrick’s Day. There’s a great schedule of free events taking place over the four days of the festival with the very best of Irish and international talent. It will reinforce Ireland’s reputation as a friendly and fun destination for visitors.”
Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, feels the 2012 programme of events will have something for everyone: “Our St. Patrick’s Festival is one of the largest artistic presentations of its kind in the world and the atmosphere in the city is always electric. This year, we will be hosting some of the best events that the capital has ever seen, with something for all ages, nationalities and tastes and the majority are free! The collaboration with Dublin City of Science 2012 also links us to a year-long celebration and will open up the city in a whole new way for many people, with the parade in particular answering everyday questions in a colourful way.  Above all, this is a national celebration and a chance for everyone to come along and enjoy all of the fun of the Festival!”
In preparation for the big day, primary school children from across the country have also joined the fun with discussions based around science questions in the classroom. Responding with drawings, stories and video, a selection of their interpretations will be available to view on the Festival website.  Everyone can take part by downloading the resource pack from the Festival website,, from 1st March. The How? What? & Why? Resource pack explores child-centred answers to the questions being animated by the pageant companies.
Professor Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, feels the theme to the parade and treasure hunt is an exciting platform for Science “What better way to demonstrate the reach of science into our everyday lives and culture than through Ireland’s national Festival. We are delighted to be working with St Patrick’s Festival, combining science and creativity in a new and exciting way”. 
This year’s jam-packed St. Patrick’s Festival line-up aims to cement the world-class reputation of the 
Irish national holiday with four days and nights of celebration and entertainment, for young and old.
New initiatives have been added to this year’s Festival, such as I LOVE MY CITY; a distinct celebration of Irish culture during the Festival. This special programme of unique, free Irish cultural events takes place in the beautiful surroundings of some of Ireland’s prestigious cultural institutions, venues and spaces in the Georgian Quarter from Merrion Square to Kildare Street. Artists, performers and collectives such as Donal Dineen, Dublin Laptop Orchestra, UNESCO City of Literature and many more will perform on 16th and 17th March. 
I LOVE MY CITY headline events will take place in The National Gallery, The National Museum, the RHA, The National Concert Hall, The National Library and Leinster House while city-wide, cultural institutions and venues will also be offering a variety of activities and interesting events that are a must see at Festival time. The programme will also see an eclectic Trad Stage in Meeting House Square, a busy outdoor music and street performance schedule and an Irish Craft Beer and Artisan Food Market in Custom House Quay. On Friday 16th Dublin’s Creative Quarter (from Georges Arcade via Powerscourt Townhouse to South William Street) will be bustling with activity and the best of Irish design & making will be on show. The full I LOVE MY CITY programme will be launched on March 6th, headline events are free but reserve spaces early to avoid disappointment, check for updates.
Throughout the festivities, Dublin will aim to look her best with businesses and venues joining forces with the Festival to GREEN THE CITY, where buildings will light green and proudly fly the flag to celebrate our National holidays.
Other Festival favourites, such as the St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí are back on the line up for 2012. Kicking off the Festival in style on 16th March, visitors will be immersed in Irish culture and craic at this outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing.  This popular event offers a unique and fun-filled way to spend an afternoon dancing on the streets of Dublin. Expert callers will lead the crowd through dances such as the Siege of Ennis, the Walls of Limerick and lots more.
For a true taste of Irish culture and music, be sure to get to Céilí House Live in Concert (in association with RTÉ Radio 1) on Saturday evening, 17th March at the eminent National Concert Hall. Enjoy a traditional evening of the best of Irish music and song as the specially assembled Céilí House All-Stars Céilí band will ensure a rousing St. Patrick’s evening for all. Tickets are available priced from €15-35 at the National Concert Hall box office (01 4170000 or
The Festival Big Day Out (March 18th), set in the heart of Georgian Dublin in Merrion Square offers FREE family fun, thrills and excitement on Festival Sunday and is an inspiring celebration of Irish and international street arts. Taking place from 12pm-6pm Merrion Square will be bursting with colour, street performances, theatrics, Irish language events, workshops, fun zones, music, open air shows and more.
Monday 19th March, the bank holiday in Ireland, kicks off with a scientifically themed Treasure Hunt– The ‘Discovering Science’ Treasure Hunt a free fun trail through a collection of Dublin city’s landmark buildings and venues each with their own science-related connection. Also on Monday 19th the City’s first children’s citywide reading project, run by Dublin City Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, will conclude with an exciting event at Connolly station.  Children around the city have been encouraged to read Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, by first time Irish writer, Alan Early throughout January to March.  A variety of children’s activities including workshops and fun Q&A sessions with the author will take place on a stationary train that children enter through a Giant Serpent’s head. In collaboration with The Ark and The Craft Council of Ireland, the Festival will stage a very special children centric schedule of performance in the beautiful surroundings of The Ark venue in Temple Bar. 
Gaelspraoi, the Irish-language programme of the Festival will also feature an eclectic line-up suitable for all ages and abilities. Bainigi trial as, give it a go – that is the motto of the Gaelspraoi programme!
Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague will lead Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the historic Lord Mayor’s coach and is very much looking forward to March 17th:  “I encourage all Dubliners to come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival 2012.  The parade is one of the city’s great traditions and is an important opportunity to showcase Dublin to the world”.
Street theatre, funfairs and outdoor performances will also be dotted around the city to add to the celebratory atmosphere, alongside an eclectic additional programme of comedy, film, races, walks and talks.  Marching ensembles from around the globe will provide the musical score for the Festival parade – bands from Ireland, the United Kingdom and Russia will join U.S. bands from California, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Washington to march through the streets of the capital.
St. Patrick’s Festival will take place in 2012 from 16th – 19th March. See

What a great St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Siamsa, St. Baldrick’s, & Youth Impact Performances!

We really had a great time this year!  I think the best part was the lack of rain during our parade walk.

Check out the coverage we got on the news Saturday:

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It’s always great to be a part of a charity event like those we participated in for St. Baldrick’s and Youth Impact!

Parade & Siamsa Information

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Arrive @ 9am, parade begins @ 10am
Meet at intersection of 400 West and 200 North (no parking)
Parade goes through the Gateway, SLC

St. Patrick’s Day Siamsa
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Siamsa begins @ TBA
400 W. So. Temple, Gateway Grand Hall (east of the fountain)
Union Station, Gateway, SLC

What to wear:
Shamrocks: Black tights/socks, costume provided
Beginners: Black tights/socks, black pants/skirt, shirt to be handed out at parade
Prep: Black tights/socks, green skirt/black pants, white top
All dancers wear street shoes to walk in parade, then change to dance shoes for the Siamsa

Parents: Use your best judgement on outer wear. If it’s cold and rainy, please dress your dancer appropriately. Coats are fine to wear during the parade (except for Performers), but must not accompany dancer backstage.

How Irish dance became popular

As we start St. Patrick’s Day season, it’s fun to remember how most of us were introduced to Irish dance.

Eurovision Song Contest – Dublin, Ireland; April 30, 1994

And that was it.

The number that was to evolve into the show “Riverdance” was the interval act. There were 25 acts total, from all over Europe. The interval act was the first ever performance of “Riverdance”, featuring Michael Flatley and Jean Butler.

The number was incredibly popular causing Irish dance teachers to see a huge rise in new student enrollment.

“Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.”