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St. Patrick's Day celebration launches at The Queen Mary

Shamrock ‘N’ Roll comes to The Queen Mary bringing fun galore.
Shamrock ‘N’ Roll comes to The Queen Mary bringing fun galore.Christine Zeiger; original artwork from The Queen Mary archives

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the color green is everywhere…
And so is the longing to celebrate Shamrock Style.

At The Queen Mary in Long Beach, everything Irish will combine to provide party people with a good time at this weekend’s Shamrock ‘N’ Roll.

The evening’s line-up will include live entertainment by several bands featuring Celtic tunes, Irish pub songs, Irish Rock and Folk. Among the performing groups will be Green Ashes, which is touted as being a lively, modern-day Irish band that puts a new twist on old Irish tunes. On more than one occasion their electrifying sound has been known to instigate audiences and bring them to their feet. So, good dancing shoes are highly recommended.

When hunger strikes, in keeping with this Celtic holiday’s traditions, there will be a menu of appropriate gastronomical delights. Corned Beef & Cabbage Sliders, Dublin Burgers and Shamrock Cupcakes all fit the bill. Wash them down with some green beer and you’re good to go and play some popular pub games.

Or if you’re concerned about all those calories you’ve just consumed head on over to the Royal Salon. There The MVPs will be on hand to give you a taste of their own high-energy dance sound, a blend of Rock, Hip Hop, Latin and more. Vocalist Annette Franks and the rest turn up the heat to get everyone out of their seats.

Uncomfortable about straying from Emerald Isle tradition?

Don’t be.

A lot of things customarily associated with St. Patrick’s Day have not a thing to do with the real Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland.

The truth is:
• St. Patrick wasn't Irish
• His color is actually blue
• The shamrock’s real significance is that Patrick used it to preach about the Trinity (God)

So, it seems, oftentimes, traditions stem from obscurity.

In fact, until 1970, St. Patrick's was a dry holiday in Ireland.

Then, again, some say: “Traditions are meant to be broken.”

(Sham) Rock on!

(Green Ashes performs from 10:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. in the Queens Salon; The MVPs perform from 10:30 p.m.-12:45 a.m. in the Royal Salon. The complete entertainment schedule can be found at: http://www.queenmary.com/events/Shamrock.php)

(Shamrock ‘N’ Roll is a 21+ event to be held on Saturday, March 15th from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Click here for ticket information.)