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CelticFest Vancouver 2011 & St Patricks Day Parade

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 — 10:53am PDT
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Leading up to the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20th, CelticFest Vancouver will provide days of entertainment and activities downtown. A few of the major events include the following:

Beauty and Beast CelticFest #12
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CelticFest Vancouver Kick-Off
When: Tuesday, March 15, starting at 11:30am
Where: Procession begins in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery and heads to the music stage on the Plaza at Pacific Centre (Georgia & Granville).
Info: BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums, Brave Heart Warriors, Eire Born Irish Dancers from the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy, The Colin Grant Band. This will be the site of free lunchtime concerts throughout the week as well.

A Whisky Kiss – 5th Annual Scotch-Tasting
When: Wednesday, March 16, starting at 5:00pm
Where: (March 16 at Doolin’s Irish Pub)
Info: Tickets are $30 in advance

Celtic Village
When: Saturday, March 19, 11:00am – 6:00pm & Sunday, March 20, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Granville between Georgia and Smithe
Info: Free admission and performances along with activities like the Gaelic Football & Hurling Skills demo.

Brewmaster’s Dinner
When: Saturday, March 19, starting at 5:30pm
Where: The Cellar (1006 Granville at Nelson)
Info: Tickets are $35 in advance

BIG St. Pat’s Night Out!
When: Saturday, March 19, starting at 7:00pm
Where: The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St)
Info: Featuring Spirit of The West with special guests, The Starbirds. Tickets are $30 in advance

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Sunday, March 20, starting at 11:00am
Where: The parade route will start at Howe & Drake and will proceed north along Howe Street to Georgia Street. Turning right on Georgia, it will end at Granville. The Celtic Village will be open before and after the parade so that the family can enjoy even more free activities. Check out the the CelticFest website for street closure and bus re-routing information.

A full festival schedule is available online including more tasting events, concerts, and a Celtic film festival at Edgewater Casino.

CelticFest Vancouver has offered readers the chance to win tickets to the BIG St. Pat’s Night Out! with Spirit of The West and The Starbirds March 19th. Here’s how you can enter:

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  • I entered to win tix to #SpiritoftheWest @CelticFestVan from @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm Monday, March 14th. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. Please enjoy CelticFest Vancouver responsibly.

    Update The winner is eileen h – congratulations and have a great time!

    Current contests on


    1. Sanaz says:

      Sounds like a fun event, I watched the parade from my bedroom’s window last year as it was snowing!

    2. Diane says:

      Hooray for St Patrick’s Day!

    3. adam says:

      me wants some green beer

    4. Jon Jennings says:

      Excellent! I promise to drink Guinness like nature intended and not pissy lager with green food colouring added.

    5. Craig says:

      Haven’t seen SOTW for awhile now. Would be great to see again.

    6. Jessica says:

      Spirit of the West makes me so happy. I would love to go to this show.

    7. Kim says:

      Never seen Spirit of the West yet – what a great way to spend St. Paddy’s Day.

    8. Linda says:

      Sounds like such a fun show to attend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    9. Jen says:

      I love seeing SOTW live!!! A great show for sure, I would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

    10. JA says:

      I would love to see them live!

    11. Rachael Q says:

      Would love to see Spirit of the West!

    12. douglas says:

      Lucky Day!!!!!

    13. Vanessa says:

      I would love to go to this!

    14. Katie says:

      Would be excited to check this out!

    15. nocal says:

      Would be great!!

    16. Alison says:

      It’s been years since my last SOTW show. I think it’s time to change that.

    17. Teresa says:

      I like Spirit of the West.

    18. Erin says:

      I’d love to drink green beer and listen to SOTW!

    19. Heather says:

      I’m from Nova Scotia! Wooeee

    20. Aileen Reardon says:

      So fun for everyone! Can’t wait to go this year as I was working last year. ๐Ÿ˜€

    21. Pooya says:


    22. Erica says:


    23. Scott says:

      That would be awesome! Looking forward to the parade for sure!

    24. Maryanne says:

      I always love a Spirit of the West show!

    25. Pablo says:

      Me please, me please. Most under-rated local band in Tom Landa and Starbirds. SOTW Rocks the party, of course!

    26. Brenda says:

      I love Spirit of the West & this sounds like a really fun event!

    27. Lisa says:

      Pick me! Pick me! I’m a homesick maritimer in need of a serious boost of fun and music! Pick me!

    28. Sandra says:

      Sounds like a great time!

    29. Michelle Williamson says:

      I love Guinness!

    30. Karen O' Mahony says:

      Cant wait to experience my first St Paddys Day outside of Ireland…. and where better than Vancouver ๐Ÿ™‚
      Happy St Patricks Day Canada x

    31. Rebecca says:

      This sounds even better than a Shamrock Shake, count me in!

    32. rino says:

      I love the Spirit of the West. It sounds like a blast!

    33. tania says:

      Sounds like a really good time!

    34. Marianne says:

      Let’s have some great ‘green’ tea!!

    35. Tara says:

      Sounds fun!

    36. Meghan says:

      I would love to win those tickets!!!

    37. Joan says:

      We were in Ireland two years ago and the music was fabulous!

    38. Beth says:

      I’m half-Irish, so that’s got to count for something!

    39. Vania says:

      I’m not Irish, whatever. Gimme some beer! Cheers!

    40. Maryanne says:

      Sounds like a good time!

    41. Danielle Scott says:

      I would love to see spirit of the west!

    42. Leonora says:

      Sounds like a fun concert; cheers!

    43. eileen h says:

      Spirit of the West’s Best Drinking Song: “Home for a Rest”. I defy you not to dance a jig to it.

    44. Asha says:

      I saw Spirit of the West’s John Mann in The Vancouver Playhouse’s production of Beyond Eden last year. It was spellbinding.

    45. Ana says:

      I’m not Irish but Spanish with Celtic background. It would be great to win these tickets!

    46. Brenda says:

      I have an Irish passport and would love to see Spirit of the West. Save This House is my favourite roadtrip CD.

    47. corey says:

      I love the Irish

    48. Sunhee says:

      My hubby’s a proud 1/4th Irish! We love the music!

    49. Julia says:

      Fun, fun, fun! I hope I win!

    50. Gordon says:

      Always a good time. Great fun!

    51. Jodi says:

      We’ve got tickets for the Ceilidh but would love to see SOTW too!

    52. Jenny L. says:

      Sounds fun!

    53. Don Foran says:

      My great-grandmother was born in Belfast- so kiss me I’m Irish.

    54. Amy W. says:


    55. Tracy says:

      Love this band! They never disappoint. Happy St.Patrick’s!

    56. Iain says:

      You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best.

    57. Meghan says:

      I’d love to go see Spirit of the West! And I love Tom Landa! Both great talents.

    58. Brian says:

      I want some tickets!

    59. Tanya says:

      I am so proud that SOTW is local.

    60. Brian says:

      I love Spirit of the West- been meaning to re-create the North Vancouver pub crawl from their appropriately named song “The Crawl” for awhile now!

    61. Rafaela says:

      I can’t wait!!

    62. Harjit says:

      I’ll be ready, don’t want to get pinched ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking for a lucky leprechaun, rainbow, pot of cold and a 4 leaf clover!!

    63. David says:

      Vancouver Celticfest Would be such a Great Time

    64. Janice Cotter says:

      Living the life of Riley!

    65. Christopher Gallagher says:

      Slainte everyone!

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