Murphy's Irish Days Celebration
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Downtown Murphys, CA (map)
One of the premier annual events in the Mother Lode is Murphys Irish Day. Each year on the third Saturday in March, thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering handcrafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast. At 11 a.m. the swirl of bagpipes heralds a parade of marching bands, classic cars, horses, community organizations, novelty entries, and some of the finest children in the land.
Throughout the day, there is continuous entertainment featuring singers, dancers, musicians, and jugglers. And some lucky raffle ticket buyer will win an exciting trip for two to Ireland.