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St. Patrick's San Diego Celebrations

Locals get to profess their "Irish" heritage for this one day


On St. Patrick's Day, everyone is a little Irish, right? Even me: Inigo McFiguracion. And though San Diego might not have the Irish history or ancestry of, say, Boston, Chicago or New York, there are a fair share of Irish here. Besides, it's not whether you actually have Irish blood, but rather have the spirit of the Irish in you. Green beer notwithstanding, St. Patrick's Day means a day of jovial celebration. Here's a few events going on in San Diego.

27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

The Irish Congress of Southern California’s 28th Annual San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Family Festival will step into history on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11:00 am in Balboa Park. Presented by the good folk at Guinness, this year's event will be centered on the theme "Honoring Service and Rescued Animals."

Serving as Executive Grand Marshal will be San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. Parade Grand Marshals are T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens.

The parade route starts at Juniper and Fifth and circles back down Sixth Ave., ending at the Festival area at Sixth and Laurel where there will be a slew of Irish food, drink and festivities.

Gaslamp Quarter's ShamROCK

It’s time again to pass a pint and brush up on your Irish brogue. That’s right, because on Monday, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, from 4:00 PM to Midnight, shamROCK 2008, will once again lay over 40,000 square feet of green Astroturf turning the streets of the Gaslamp into the rolling hills of Ireland.

This year, shamROCK 2008 will take place in the Gaslamp on F street between 5th and 7th Avenue’s and 6th Avenue between G and E Streets. Irish rock legends the Young Dubliners headline the music, with two stages and five bands, including the Trip and The Down's Family. Tickets to the greenest party in town are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. You must be 21 or over to attend ShamROCK.


Hooleyfest has become a tradition for Irish Festivals in East County. In its 9th year, Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego, along with sponsor Sycuan Resort and Casino, bring together great local entertainment, food and plenty of ale. Hooleyfest will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, March 15, in Hooleys’ parking lot at 2955 Jamacha Road, Rancho San Diego. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.

Hooleyfest gates will open at 6 p.m. and entertainment will include two great Irish rock bands, the Mighty Regis and Sally's Gap, followed by the tribute band, Almost Queen. Sample a variety of great food including Tarantino’s Bratwurst and BBQ, Hooleys’ Famous Corned Beef Tacos.

St. Patrick's Day 10K Run

This 10k and 2 and 4 mile run/walk even takes place in Mission Bay. The St. Patrick's Day 10K run, and 2 & 4 Mile Run/walk benefits the Rady Children's Hospital and Health Centers and takes place at 7:30am in Mission Bay Park San Diego on Saturday March 15, 2008.

St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose

Members of the public are invited to read their favorite passages from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Edmund Burke, Sean O'Casey, et al. Messrs. Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings. Monday, March 17 from 7 P.M until it ends.

Irish Pub Crawl

What would St. Patrick's Day be without a good, old fashioned pub crawl? And San Diego does indeed have it's share of fine Irish pubs to indulge in some Guinness and corned beef and cabbage? Here's a list of San Diego's favorite Irish pubs:

Callahan's Pub & Brewery
The Field
O'Brien's Pub
The Ould Sod
Mc P's Pub
Rosie O'Grady's
Dublin Square
Maloney's Tavern
Hennessey's Tavern
Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill
Henry's Pub
Patrick's Irish Pub
Patrick's II
The Blarney Stone Pub (Gaslamp)
The Blarney Stone Pub (Balboa Avenue)

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