March, in many parts of the northern hemisphere still has a hold of snow and freezing weather over many cities, while other areas enjoy warm weather and bright sunshine. One such place is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where the First International Celtic Music Festival begins on March 20 for three days of music, sun and beach.
The festival showcases the music and culture that originated in different Celtic regions such as Scotland, Wales, Ireland, French Britainy and Spain, by bringing musicians, artisians and tradespeoplea from these and other countries to perform for the three days.
The preliminary program, which may have changes as the time approaches, is scheduled to begin with a street parade and opening ceremony, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Malecon area beside the seaside and seawall promenades. From 5 p.m. onward different bands will perform around the city until 11 p.m.
On March 21 The Bradigan Irish Dance school will present Irish dancing from 11 a.m. - noon, then starting at 5 p.m. there will be a performance by a Pipe Band, followed by a Celtic musical concert put on by the St Patrick's Battalion Pipes and Drums.
The last day March 22 a free bagpipe concert is scheduled at the Seawall Promenade at 11 a.m. followed by a free Celtic Music concert at noon in the Plaza De Armas. The fun continues from 3:30 - 6 p.m. when the informal competition 'Drumming for Drinks' takes place, then all the bands will perform together for the closing ceremony from 8 - 9 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. there will be a closing party at the Agustin Flores Municipal Stadium.