St. Paddy’s Day festivities will make your Irish eyes smile

Last Updated by Chip Chandler - Digital Content Producer on

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

The Panhandle will turn green over the next several days as St. Patrick’s Day festivities take over the region.

The centerpiece, of course, is Shamrock’s annual festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday in the northeast Panhandle town.

The party began there in 1938, then was revived in the 1950s to become the area’s preeminent St. Patrick’s Day party. In fact, in 2013, the Texas Legislature declared that Shamrock’s party is the official St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the state.

Activities begin with a 3:30 p.m. Thursday invitational track meet at El Paso Stadium, then continue at 4 p.m. Friday with the opening of the carnival behind Bartlett’s, 100 E. Railroad Ave., and a kickoff banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Shamrock Community Center, 911 S. Main St. Tickets are $15.

The party kicks into high gear Saturday:

  • 8 a.m.: 5K Run for Life and 1-Mile Walk at Water Tower Plaza
  • 8 a.m.: Chili cook-off entries accepted. Cooking begins at 11 a.m., and judging begins at 2 p.m.
  • 9:30 a.m.: Arts & Crafts Show in the Shamrock Junior High School gym, 100 S. Illinois St.
  • 10 a.m.: Donegal Bear Contest at parade review stand
  • 10 a.m.: Health Fair at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 401 N. Main St.
  • 10 a.m.: Old Settlers’ Reunion at Shamrock Volunteer Fire Department
  • 10 a.m.: Main Street Market Gifts and Craft Show at Old Jaycee Gym
  • 10:30 a.m.: 70th annual St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Shamrock
  • Noon: Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run at Shamrock Community Center
  • 1 p.m. Antique, Classic Car and Truck Show at U-Drop Inn, 101 E. 12th St.
  • 3 p.m.: Miss Irish Rose crowning at Shamrock High School
  • 9 p.m.: Dance featuring Cameran Nelson and J.W. Lane & County Road X at Shamrock Community Center. Tickets $10.

Sunday’s closing events include the carnival and arts and crafts shows at noon, plus the Lad n Lassie Pageant at 1 p.m. in the Shamrock High School auditorium.

In Amarillo, activities begin Wednesday. Here’s a quick rundown of what we found:

  • St. Patrick’s Party: Enjoy Irish food and drink at this party, and bring your own dish to share at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, 2301 N. Soncy Road. Suggested donation is $10.
  • St. Patty’s Day Bash: Drink specials, a DJ and more are on tap for this party at 8 p.m. Thursday at House Bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Party: Find drink specials and free admission for women at this party at 8 p.m. Thursday at Midnight Rodeo, 4400 S. Georgia St.
  • St.Patrick’s Day Party and Concert:Amarillo rock band Mustard and singer Jen Williams will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Skooterz, 4100 Bushland Blvd. The party also will feature drink specials.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Bash:  Party with an open bar, prizes, beer pong and more at 10 p.m. Thursday at Mode Center, 1407 S.W. 10th Ave. Cover is $10.
  • “Pot of Gold”:The Bomb City Pretties burlesque troupe will give two St. Patty’s shows – 10 p.m. Thursday at Austin’s Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave., and 10 p.m. Friday at House Bar, 1219 S.W. 10th Ave. Both shows feature award-winning Houston burlesque star Tifa Tittlywinks. Thursday’s show is free, and Friday’s has a $10 cover charge.
  • St. Patty’s Day Bash: Lubbock singer Dallas Owens will perform at 10 p.m. Thursday at Golden Light Cantina, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave. The bar also will offer drink specials. Cover charge is $5
  • “We Don’t Do Green Beer, We Do Cheap Beer”: 11 p.m. Thursday at R&R Bar, 701 S. Georgia St. Features drink specials. No cover.
  • St. Patrick’s Day party: Amarillo bands Comanche Moon and Playa Lake will team up for a holiday party at Austin’s Texas Pub, 3121 S.W. Sixth Ave. Cover charge is $5.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Long Wooden Spoon Brewing will celebrate the holiday at 4 p.m. Saturday at 4098 Business Park Drive. Sample home-brewed beers and graze on food. Admission is $10, and the first 100 to register will get a commemorative pint glass. Proceeds benefit The 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle.