A tradition since 1968.
Each year, the San Antonio River magically transforms into the "River Shannon" as barges with green dye go down 2 and a half miles of the downtown River Walk with two bagpippers setting the mood.
A little history about the dyeing o' the river.
Jazz musician, Jim Cullum was the River Walk association president in 1968 when he brought up the idea. Cullum wanted to publically stun people who were visiting the San Antonio River in attempts to attract more visitors.
Cullum first heard about dye packs which were used by the military in search and rescue efforts.
Festival - March 16th // noon to 8pm
The St. Patrick's Day Festival starts at noon through 8pm on both days at the Arneson River theater and La Villita Way.
Celebrate the day with live music, green beer, Irish food and family friendly fun.
Do you like tater tots?
Partake in a Tater Tot eating contest at the only Irish river festival and parade in the country going down in the Arneson River Theater on March 16th.
Parade - March 17th // 4p - 6p
Enjoy 14 decorated Irish themed floats filled with entertainers and bagpipers and more.
Catch your Univision family on one of the themed floats going down 2 and a half miles of the San Antonio River downtown.
The celebration since 1968 started as a joint project by the San Antonio River Walk Association and the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas.