Authored by: Maria Drummond, Recreational Therapist for Salt Lake County Youth Services
Did you know…
Each year, Salt Lake City hosts the largest Irish celebration in Utah? Organized by the Hibernian Society of Utah, the SLC St. Patrick’s Day parade sees roughly 25,000 people in attendance.
“The Hibernian Society of Utah was formed to promote and preserve Irish history, culture and traditions within the State of Utah. [They] are a non-profit organization that strives to present a variety of events and activities throughout the year. The Society meets once a month from September through June and holds informal classes in Irish history, literature, music and culture on a monthly basis.”
The big events for March are, of course, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Siamsa (celebration) afterward. If you haven’t come out to participate in this family friendly parade and party, put this on your calendar for this weekend. What a great opportunity to revel in the fun times, and learn a little bit more about one of the many cultures that melt together to make our community rich and beautiful.
Here are the details about the Parade and Siamsa this weekend, from The Hibernian Society of Utah’s website:
March 18, St. Patrick’s Day — Parade
March 18, 2017 Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Join the Hibernian Society of Utah for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as we celebrate “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes in America”. Come & celebrate the acceptance, diversity & tradition of our Irish ancestors in America Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m., through The Gateway. Don’t forget to follow up with a taste of live Irish music, dance & cuisine at the Siamsa, located in the Grand Ballroom of the Union Pacific Station, in the north end of The Gateway.
March 18, St. Patrick’s Day – Siamsa
Everyone is invited to attend the SIAMSA, a family event, which begins at approximately 10:45 am in the Grand Ballroom of the Union Pacific Station, north side of Gateway. The name comes from the Irish language, meaning “celebration”. To help enhance your party mood, plan on attending this unique post-parade event where one can enjoy live Irish music, dance as well as some delicious Irish cuisine, as well as joining us for a ‘warm one’ or perhaps even a ‘cool one’. Join us for this most Irish of celebrations!