SSCA salutes our partner the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire on 40 years of
creating the Greenest Day in the Desert. This year’s Parade on March 11 through downtown Phoenix honors, as Grand Marshall, Chandler-native Lyndsey Fry, for her accomplishments and contributions to women’s ice hockey. The day-long Faire in Hance Park features 3 stages of entertaining Irish music, vocals and step-dancing along with numerous booths and exhibits for enjoying Irish culture. SSCA’s Killarney Committee will be on hand at the Arizona Sister Cities tent, a collaboration of our state’s 6 cities with Irish sisters. You’ll find all the details and registration info here: https://stpatricksdayphoenix.org/ And find them on Facebook!
Here are some other ways you can observe Irish-American Heritage Month:
• Experience Ireland, a March 11-12 Signature Event at the Musical Instrument Museum. Program highlights include Irish
crafts, workshops, storytelling, music and dance. SSCA will be there to showcase all our upcoming programs with sister city Killarney of County Kerry, Ireland. Program schedule here: https://mim.org/events/experience-ireland-mar-11-2023/2023-03-11/
• Join SSCA for a special Irish Happy Hour on March 22 at R.T. O’Sullivans Sports Grill. Festivities include a 6-piece Irish band, meeting the 2023 Arizona Colleen, a silent auction of stunning Irish landscape photography, and more. Details and RSVP here: https://www.scottsdalesistercities.org/events/celebrate-ireland-at-march-22-happy-hour-2
• Acquire a piece of limited edition art by Irish descendants! Tim H. Murphy (you can’t get any more Irish than Murphy) donated two stunning Irish landscapes for SSCA’s fundraising. And SSCA Member Joe Salembier (whose ancestors were Corrigan’s from County Offaly) created the Artbook of poetry and vibrant illustrations. These 3 treasures are available through SSCA’s On-Line Art Auction: https://www.scottsdalesistercities.org/community-programs
• Save the Date of Friday, May 12 for participating in the 1st Annual Irish Golf Scramble, a fundraiser to support the Scottsdale/Killarney Student Golf Exchange and the youth programs of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. A day of Fun and Camaraderie! Details coming soon!
First proclaimed by the President in 1991, it recognizes the incredible breadth and depth of their contributions to American society. Even if we don’t have a wee bit of Irish in our blood, we are truly impacted by their coming to America! Especially here in Arizona, home to one of the largest populations of the Irish diaspora in the world.