Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade & Festival

Date: March 12, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Time: 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Location: La Villita- 418 Villita St.

March 12 & 13, 2016, Concert & Festival at the Arneson River Theatre

Saturday, March 12: entertainment on the Arneson River Theatre

Noon to 2pm   Boru Celtic Music - Traditional Celtic and American music from this seven-piece band specializing in blazing melodies and driving rhythms, songs that are funny, sad, sentimental and rousing.  With members from widely diverse musical backgrounds ranging from classical to country and western, bluegrass to Irish and American folk, Boru's repertoire features a variety of influences.

2 – 3pm    San Antonio Comhaltas Session Players – an average of 15 musicians playing reels, jigs, airs, hornpipes, set dances, slides, polkas, mazurkas, whistle, flute, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, spoons, fiddle, accordion, bodhran, string bass and electric piano.  The heart and soul of a traditional Irish music session is the “creative cooperation” shared by the musicians.

3 – 4pm    Ledbetters Bluegrass Band - For more than 20 years, the Ledbetters have brought bluegrass music, history and humor to audiences throughout central Texas and the eastern U.S. They have recorded two albums and have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including The Outdoor Channel where their version of Streamlined Cannonball was the sound track for the "Whistle Stop" show for three years.

4 - 5:30pm    Fire On The Mountain Cloggers with music by Tennessee Valley Authority - Fire on the Mountain Cloggers® from San Antonio are devoted to a dance steeped in American culture and history, dedicated to preserving the traditional aspects of clogging by combining intricate footwork with lively bluegrass music.  The team has performed throughout Texas, the nation and internationally in Germany, Venezuela and Mexico.  The Irish step dance and hard shoe dance are major contributors to clogging; formations from American small circle dance figures were influenced by Irish Ceili dancing. 

5:30 – 6pm   Tennessee Valley Authority - The Tennessee Valley Authority Bluegrass band was founded in 1972 is a hard driving traditional band, known for its ability to take non-bluegrass songs and deliver them in the bluegrass style.

Sunday, March 13: entertainment on the Arneson River Theatre

Noon – 2pm    Rod Campbell & RTFM – Musical style is Celtic, heritage and seafaring with a rocking South Texas flair.Influenced by classic Irish groups as well as the Grateful Dead.

2 – 3pm     Kelly Singers -

3 – 5pm   Ravenmoor - Ravenmoor performs original and traditional Celtic tunes and songs. With traditional melodies, pub songs and toe tapping jigs and reels, Ravenmoor plays a mix of Scottish, Irish, Canadian and American Celtic Music.

5 – 6 pm     Inishfree Irish Dancers – The premier Irish dancing school in San Antonio, the Inishfree School is a competitive Irish dance school that has placed at the regional, national and world level.  The objective of the school is not just to produce champions, but to pass on the joy of Irish dance to its students of all ages, starting at 4 years through adults. 


March 12 & 13, 2016, 2pm, Dyeing of the River Walk green

March 11-13, St Patrick's Day Artisan River Walk Show, booths are located along the River Walk extension  close to the Shops at Rivercenter

March 13, 3:30 – 5pm  Murphy's River Parade occurs on 2-1/2 miles of the San Antonio River with 15 decorated barges filled with bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, music, Kelly singers, former and current Irishmen of the Year, Alzafar Shrine Color Guard, Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas members and corporate sponsors. Parade route follows: Homewood Suites, Drury Plaza, Aztec Theatre, Hyatt Hotel, Rivercenter Mall, Convention Center, Arneson Theatre

Murphy’s Irish Stout beer and green beer will be sold at the Arneson River Theatre along with Irish and other ethnic foods. Several bagpipers will grace the barges along with other entertainers. This event started in 1968 and has been organized by the Paseo del Rio Association and the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas since the beginning. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas.

Murphy's St. Patrick's Day River Parade & Festival