The good people of Dallas hear the words “Irish” and “celebration” and instantly think of passing out in a pile of green beads. Ah, the parade. Of course, there is every reason to love our St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but very little of it has to do with Irish heritage or tradition. So, while the parade is all about the party, the North Texas Irish Festival is the true tribute to all things Emerald Isle. The Southwest Celtic Music Association hosts this three-day Gaelic gathering in Fair Park from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. During those three days, there’ll be more Irish culture than you can shake a snake at. Sunday, catch live traditional Irish music, dance or storytelling all day on one of 10 stages, or see Celtic horses in the arena beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sit in for a culinary demonstration starting at noon and then wash down your sample of Irish cooking at a whiskey tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. and a Guinness or craft brew at the beer-tasting event from noon to 6 p.m. Browse arts, crafts and jewelry in the market. Day passes cost $10 to $20, or get a weekend for $25 to $30. Visit ntif.org.
Sun., March 3, 2013