We are delighted to once again be part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on
Saturday, March 11th. We hope we have all the details for you to either
enjoy the parade from the sidelines or be a part of the parade. Also, the
parade can be viewed on Channel 33 (CW33).

So, here are the details.

SPECTATOR: Before you go as a SPECTATOR to the parade, please note
there is no parking close by. People are encouraged to use DART and exit Park Lane or take UBER/LYFT. Park Lane is the closest area to where the
Parade begins down Greenville Avenue. (See attached map). The Parade
begins at 11am and will last about an hour. Getting there early is the key. Sarah Lovell and other parade watchers will be at the Barley House (5612 SMU Blvd).

PARTICIPANT: 9AM Saturday (Those in the Parade) Please be at the
Half Price Books location by 9am. The address is 5803 E. Northwest
Hwy. Park at DART or take DART and exit Park Lane. It’s just a short walk to the meeting space since there is no parking available. Another idea
would be to UBER/LYFT or have someone drop you off. If you are not
coming from DART and being dropped off, the only way in will be to take Park Lane to Shady Brook. Northwest Highway is not an option, only
taking Park Lane to Shady Brook which puts you at the registration point.

Once at Half Price Books you must register. You are with (IAS) Irish American Society/(SCMA) Southwest Celtic Music Association group. When you sign the waiver and are registered you will be given a wristband and told to find your group. If someone under 18 is registering, a parent
needs to sign the release. We are a big group this year with a small float (pot of gold & rainbow), 2 red convertibles, and a group carrying the
County Flags. All must wear the wristband, and you can’t be late and
expect to be in the parade.

11AMParade begins at Blackwell and travels down Greenville Avenue and turns right on SMU Blvd. Where the Parade ends.

After the Parade

If you’ve watched the parade at The Barley House and it gets too hectic,
you might try Lochland’s, 8518 Plano Rd. At Northwest Hwy (5.5 miles
away). Some people might try to go to the Londoner at Mockingbird
Station, as well, sticking to DART transportation.

Any questions, please contact Patti Frank @ 972-743-5712. Hope to see
you there!
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March News

NTIF is March 3-5th!

We hope to see everyone at the festival this year! Can you volunteer for a few hours?

The IAS will once again have a cultural booth in order to introduce others to our great club! PLEASE HELP! Come for a few hours and then enjoy the remainder of the day at the festival!

We have a limited number of discounted day passes for sale at $10 each. Email if you wish to purchase.

To volunteer sign up here or email


This month we have a guest, Fr Bradley. He is joining us to talk about St. Patrick. Feel free to bring any interesting article or book about St. Patrick.

Book Club is always the 1st Tuesday of every month. Meet at noon if you wish to order food. Book review will start promptly at 12:30. Location: Brewers Arms at 5815 Live Oak in Dallas


Pub night is Wednesday March 14th at 6pm.

This month we are meeting at BLACK FRIAR CLUB in Lakewood. Let’s get together and share pictures from the parade and NTIF! The patio weather should be fabulous!

To see a menu click HERE See you then!

Hope you join us in the parade!

Several members of IAS have been hard at work decorating the trailer for the parade. We are being joined by SCMA, GAA and Texas Rose. Also Robert Hull, Consul General from Austin will be riding in the parade with us.

Meet at 9am at Half Price Books on NW Highway and Shady Brook. Look for our trailer and flags. There is no parking so we recommend taking DART or getting there VERY early! If you are interested please contact Patti at, 972-743-5712

Texas Rose news!

The 2023 Texas Rose Selection is happening Saturday April 1st!

Cocktail Hour 6-7pm; Rose Selection 7-10pm

Aloft Hotel Richardson, 1160 State Street, Richardson

The after-party is across the street at The Brass Tap! Go to celebrate with the new Rose! The following day head to Gillespie’s Tavern at 11:30am for the Texas Rose Celebration Brunch!

Do you know someone age 18-29 who would like to compete? Contact the Rose Center at

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It’s almost March!

March is just around the corner!
NTIF & the parade are just around the corner and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
NTIF is March 3-5th at Fair Park and the IAS has a booth for the weekend. We want to get more people interested in our organization and we need
your help to man the booth for a couple of hours.

To see available slots and to sign up click here:

We have a limited number of discounted tickets. If you want to purchase a $10 one-day ticket please email

Do you want to get even more involved with NTIF?

Sign up to be a volunteer! For each 3-4 hour shift you will receive a
beverage of your choice & your admission is FREE that day!
If you sign up for TWO shifts you will receive a volunteer t-shirt AND
admission all weekend!

To volunteer click here:
The following weekend is the parade!
We only have a few weeks before the parade which will be Saturday,
March 11th. We need to have a plan for our float which will be a 4×8
trailer. Last year, Kathy Moore, who was in charge of the parade for
many years donated the trailer to Mike McMahon. She also gave Mike a
Celtic Cross and a sign. We can choose to use it or come up with our own
ideas… we just need to get ideas generated.Please send your ideas
through email and we will discuss the details. If you are going to Pub
Night on 2/14 at The Londoner Mockingbird Station, that could be a great time to meet. I do realize it’s also Valentine’s Day, though.

Here are details about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade:
We meet at 9 am at Half Price Books on Northwest Highway and Shady
Brook. This location is across 75 heading east from Northpark. The
parade begins at 11 am and we will travel down Greenville Avenue from Blackwell to SMU Blvd.

In the parade we will have Larry Balagna, Irish Person of the Year, driven by Alice McMahon in her convertible. Mike McMahon will drive his white truck and the decorated trailer, and we will have The GAA Gaelic Football team joining IAS members and carrying County flags. SCMA is also
joining our group this year so this will be a great time!

After the parade head to The Londoner! Please email Patti below if you
are planning on walking in the parade.If you have questions and ideas,
please contact Patti at 972-743-5712 or
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February News

February 7th: Book Club!

This month’s book is “Dublin Girl” by Elmear Lawlor.

Book Club is always the 1st Tuesday of every month.

Meet at noon if you wish to order food. Book review will start promptly at 12:30.

Location: Brewers Arms at 5815 Live Oak in Dallas

February 14th: Pub Night!

We are heading back to the Londoner at Mockingbird Station. See you at 6pm!

February 19th: Irish Person of the Year Brunch!

Join us in celebrating Larry Balagna, the 2023 Irish Person of the Year. The event this year will be held at Pappadeaux at 3520 Oak Lawn on February 19th at 11;30am.

Cost is $50 and includes salad, choice of Ginger Glazed Salmon, Mixed Seafood Grill, or Fried Chicken and choice of Cheesecake or Key Lime Pie. It includes iced tea, soda and coffee.

Please RSVP by 2/15 here:

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RSVP for the 2023 Irish Person of the Year Lunch

The annual Irish Person of the Year lunch is on Sunday February 19th at 11:30am. It will be held at the Pappadeaux at 3520 Oak Lawn (formerly the NFL club). (Parking is in the private dining room parking lot).

Join IAS members in honoring Larry Balagna who was selected at the Christmas party in December.

Cost is $50 per person which includes salad, choice of Glazed Salmon, Mixed Seafood Grill, or Fried Chicken and choice of Key Lime Pie or Cheesecake. Iced tea, soda and coffee are included.

To RSVP click here:
Irish Person of the Year (

Congratulations Larry!

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