75th Annual

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

2021 Celebration Postponed

January 6, 2021

Official Statement from St. Patrick’s Association

 

After considering public health/safety and economic concerns, the St. Patrick’s Executive Board and Steering Committee voted to cancel the 2021 St. Patrick’s Celebration scheduled for March 18-21, at a meeting held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The voting committee, made up of current and past general chairpersons, reviewed state guidelines concerning public gatherings and active case and hospitalization rates and their implications. The committee also considered input from 20 local, regional, and state health, government, industry, and school officials before voting unanimously to suspend the 2021 event and to focus on planning the 2022 75th Diamond Jubilee St. Patrick’s Celebration which will be held on March 17-20, 2022.

 

All committee members expressed significant regret that such a decision needed to be made, but after discussion, it became apparent that it was in the best interest of community safety and the economic impact on future St. Patrick’s celebrations. Any questions or comments should be directed to 2021 St. Patrick’s Chairman Mickey Mitchell via email at mickey.r.mitchell@gmail.com.

2020 Celebration Info

 

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2020 Celebration News & Info

History

Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration was the idea of Glenn Truax, a Shamrock bandmaster.

Truax envisioned the town of Shamrock capitalizing on its Irish name and producing an annual one-day celebration to draw thousands of visitors to the Irish City.

With the help of the Shamrock Boosters Club, the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was reeled off in successful fashion in 1938. The initial production attracted a few thousand people and 12 bands. The extravaganza continued to grow until World War II cancelled the annual celebration from 1941 until 1950.

 
The event was revived in 1950, when the American Legion and the Junior Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the celebration. The following year, the festival was cancelled due to the Korean conflict. In 1952, the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce took over the task and reactivated the event, which has since been held annually.

 

Most recently, on March 14th, 2013, the 83rd Texas House Legislature passed HCR83, designating the Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Celebration as the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the State of Texas.

Special thanks to The County-Star News and various local, Shamrock families for the photos featured here.