NM ShamRock Fest returns to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Saturday, March 11 in what could quite possibly be the greenest jam-packed St. Patrick's Day celebration in town.
From 11am to 6pm, NM ShamRock Fest will feature two stages with performances by Irish singing groups, Celtic fiddle groups, bagpipe and drum bands, dancers and choral ensembles. Fest goers are invited to take part in various Celtic games alongside NM Celtic Athletics and mix it up with The Albuquerque Gaelic Football Team. Other activities include a climbing wall, remote control balloon demonstration, face painting and arts and crafts for the little ones. Handmade crafts will also be available for purchase.
New to this year's NM ShamRock Fest is the inaugural NM ShamRock 'n Roll 5K (3.1 miles), Kids 1K and No Run Zero K (0.0 miles). The All Fun, No Run Zero K will be the perfect event for people who prefer to stay put. Everyone wins in the less-than-strenuous Zero K. One-hundred percent of the Zero K registration fee goes directly to the Balloon Museum Foundation in direct support of the Museum's educational and public programs.
A 5K Run and Fitness Walk (certified by USAT&F) is available for the more series runners. And for kids 4-12 there is a 1K Kids Fun Run. Participants of all the races are encouraged to dress up in their best St. Patrick's Day themed costume. Prizes will be awarded to the runners and costume contest participants. All race entries include a NM ShamRock 'n Roll t-shirt and other valuable items from a number of great Balloon Museum and TCR-affiliated merchants.
NM ShamRock 'n Roll pricing and registration information can be found at goo.gl/ssW3GP. Admission tickets to only the NM ShamRock Fest are $2-6 (in advance) and $5-10 at the gate.
What's a St. Patrick's Day celebration without some Celtic-themed grub? The Scottish Pie Shop, Cheesy Street, Green Growler Smoothies, Ready to Roll, Street Food Institute and Royal Empire Catering will be onsite. Those with a valid I.D may choose beer, wine and spirits provided by O'Neill's.
The City of Albuquerque, High Desert Pipes and Drums and TCR Race Productions are presenting this fun day. The mission of High Desert Pipes and Drums is to foster and promote Scottish culture and music, to perform locally, regionally, and throughout the western United States, and to teach the Great Highland Bagpipe & Drums in the tradition as taught by previous professional instructors from Scotland and other countries. Funds raised at NM ShamRock Fest will benefit High Desert Pipes and Drums.
TCR specializes in the planning, packaging, management and timing of participant sporting events. Based in Albuquerque, TCR is the leading participant sporting production company in the Southwest.
This Celtic celebration is made possible by these generous sponsors: Albuquerque Tents, Shamrock's Discount Janitor Supply, O'Niell's, Admiral Beverage Corporation, IATSE Local 480, Quality Buick GMC Mazda by DiLorenzo, Fleet Feet Sports Albuquerque, 93.3 KOB FM Radio, 99.5 Magic FM Radio and 94.5 KKOB Radio.
A call for artisans! Participation is open to those artisan and craft vendors who meet and adhere to all the City's guidelines. Vendors are welcome to apply now by going to goo.gl/vUz3hv.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today is the day we celebrate St. Patrick, who did not actually drive out any snakes from Ireland, also he wasn't even Irish, but I digress. Let's be real, today is the day we drink, a day where we are all Irish. Coming from an Irish Catholic family, there are two things I learned growing up: the Irish like to drink and they have kids like it's a competition.
St. Patrick is not the patron saint of green beer, so why is his day of celebration so synonymous with drinking? In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday, and they have treated it as such. It used to be a day of going to church and culminated in a feast for dinner. However, in the early 1900's in America, Irish immigration was rising and amid a lot of discrimination, Irish Americans wanted to celebrate their heritage and also acknowledge their new home in America. To parade down the streets was an act of public pride and celebration.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in America also meant that you could have a day off from Lent, hence the drinking. Ireland didn't allow their bars to even be open on this religious holiday until the 1960s, but seeing how much fun we were having over here, they relented. And so the holiday evolved, and with it the traditions. St. Patrick's Day has gotten so big, that it is widely recognized around the world with parties and parades.
So raise a glass and drop your keys (seriously you are an asshole if you drink and drive) to the Irish in us all!
And if you want to learn more about the Irish, check out Weekly Alibi's podcast this week.
Good morning, it’s Tuesday, March 17,
Brush up on the real St. Patrick here.
And if you seek authenticity, don’t forget to eat your parsnips!
Maybe you can find some at local Albuquerque restaurants that are celebrating Restaurant Week?
Meanwhile, the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade is, for the first time, allowing an LGBT group to march. That’s right, one LGBT group is allowed to march, and it happens to be made up of employees of NBC, the network that threatened to boycott coverage of the parade if they didn’t.
Finally, dentists are excited about the holiday because so many people get into bar fights that result in the loss of teeth. So support your local dental clinic and mouth off to a drunken leprechaun tonight!
Belen police chief: "It always raises a red flag for us when we see a sex offender trying to get into the girls bathroom."
Some APD officers make more than the mayor.
Have you seen this missing girl?
JFK mistress speaks out in book form.
15.5 pound baby born in China.
Mickey D's minty green Shamrock Shake goes nationwide.
R.I.P. Florence Green, the last WWI
Can porn be copyrighted?
A website in Iceland helps residents avoid accidental incest.
Maps of stereotypes.
Some yoga is dangerous, but it's mostly awesome, says some guy in his new book.
Real Irish Shamrocks in short supply this year.
Woman sentenced to nine years after killing a friend in a DWI accident.
UN asks Native Americans from all over the country whether the United States is fulfilling its obligations to tribes.
30 years ago, New Mexico decided anyone sentenced to life in prison would be eligible for parole after 30 years.
A handful of state Dems put Barela stickers over Heinrich's name on ballots at the pre-primary nominating convention. Barela's a Republican.
Pakistan charges five Americans with terrorism.
Kucinich changed his mind. He'll vote yes on health care.
Oprah has to attend a defamation case this month regarding the sex-abuse scandal at her South African girls' school.
Jobs bill passes Congress.
First Lady tells food giants to stop making junk and marketing junk to kids.
Read every issue of Spin magazine here.