“Going Green” the theme for this year’s observance of the annual festivities celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. Salt Lake City will be awash with the favorite color of the Irish. 2015 festivities include a Poetry Night, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and a Siamsa.
Night with the Irish Poets happens Feb. 28. in downtown Salt Lake City at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 231 East 100 South. Doors for the evening of Irish poetry and song open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s Poetry Night, Best-Loved Irish Poems, will feature Hibernian Society members reciting their favorite work by Irish and Irish-American poets. Attendees are asked to bring a can of food for the St. Mark’s Food Pantry.
The Parade takes place Mar. 14 at 10 a.m., and the route runs through the Gateway Center. The march begins on 400 West, at 200 North, and runs south through the Gateway to 200 South.
A Siamsa will be held on the campus of Holy Trinity Cathedral, one block north of the parade route, on 300 West immediately following the parade. The name comes from the Irish language, meaning “celebration.” Featuring Irish food, Irish beverages and uniquely Irish entertainment such as songfests, traditional music from local musicians and the best Irish dancing from Utah’s award winning Irish dance schools.