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Shamrock, Official St. Patrick's Day Celebration of Texas

Shamrock Texas


(Information from Shamrock Chamber of Commerce)


Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration was the idea of Glenn Truax, a Shamrock bandmaster.


He envisioned the town of Shamrock capitalizing on its Irish name and producing an annual one-day celebration to draw thousands of visitors to the Irish City.


With the help of the Shamrock Boosters Club, the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was reeled off in successful fashion in 1938. The initial production attracted a few thousand people and 12 bands. The extravaganza continued to grow until World War II cancelled the annual celebration from 1941 until 1950.

The event was revived in 1950, when the American Legion and the Junior Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the celebration. Then, the following year, the festival was cancelled due to the Korean conflict. In 1952, the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce took over the task and reactivated the event, which has since been held annually.


On March 14th, 2013 – the 83rd Texas House Legislature passed HCR83, officially designating the Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Celebration as the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the State of Texas.
2014 marked the 68th Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and we had the biggest turn out in many years! Check back here frequently for information as it develops. We're the OFFICIAL Website of the Texas State St. Patrick's Day Celebation!


We have a great many great new hotels as well as authentic Route 66 motels, beautiful renovated Route 66 Tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants, an event center, and the Texas Theater, one of only a few 3D movie theaters in the panhandle!


Centrally located on I-40 and Historic Route 66, we have access to both modern comforts and historic architecture from an era not long forgotten along Route 66 with the U-Drop Inn and the Magnolia Station at the Pioneer West Museum; two buildings which are featured in the header of this very website!


Shamrock is a community of friendly people working together for progress and development, but never too busy for a friendly word or a helping hand. Come visit us and STAY & PLAY in Shamrock, TX on your trip down Route 66 or I-40! Your destination for a bonafide Route 66 Vacation!