March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of one of Ireland’s foremost patron saints, and of Irish culture. New Mexico’s most notable Irish roots are painter Georgia O’Keefe, whose father was Irish; William G. McDonald, New Mexico’s first governor; and of course, the notorious Billy the Kid, an Irishman whose real name was William Henry McCarty.
This St. Paddy’s Day, revel in the food, music and culture of the Emerald Isle during the following events here in New Mexico:
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 20 | Popejoy Hall | 3 p.m.
Caladh Nua, a five-part ensemble from Ireland, brings classical Irish music to Popejoy.
32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rally
March 18-20 | Belen Eagle Park & Community Center
Special shapes balloons, car show, cooking competition, free parking and admission and more.
Lensic Presents Lúnasa & Tim O’Brien
March 19 | The Lensic | 7:30 p.m.
Lúnasa, Ireland’s most popular acoustic group duets with Tim O’Brien, a grammy-winning country and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.
St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage at Joe’s Diner
March 11-17 | Joe’s Diner | All week long
Enjoy a classic Irish meal. Guinness will be on tap.
What are you doing this St. Patrick’s Day? Tell me in the comments section below.