Shamrock shakin’ in Snowmass on St. Patrick’s Day |

Shamrock shakin’ in Snowmass on St. Patrick’s Day

Submitted photo by Todd PatrickEach year Snowmass Village plays host to one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parties in the valley.

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Snowmass is host to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parties in the mountains today, with free live music, fireworks and the Bud Light Spring Jam celebration.Fanny Hill turns green with a giant snow shamrock, while artist Lauren Wilder creates an 8-foot-by-8-foot shamrock made of 3,000 Bud Light cans on the Snowmass Village Mall.”It’s interesting to have a different perspective on what we can do with simple objects and make something really fun,” said Nancy Scheinkman, Aspen Skiing Company’s event manager.

The Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on Snowmass Mountain with a pot of golden prizes at the end for adults and kids. From noon to 2 p.m., kids can join Jammin’ Jim the Juggler in the Mall for St. Patrick’s Day fun and to make themed costumes for the parade later in the day.From 2-3 p.m., Fanny Hill hosts the Bud Light Big Air Fridays competition, where regional athletes huck their best moves off a 40-foot jump. The Colorado Skye Bagpipe & Drum Band parades through the Mall at 2, 3:45 and 6 p.m., while

Shamrock: see page B10the Colorado Skye Dancers perform traditional Irish jigs and reels at 2:15 and 4 p.m. A beer garden and food tents on the Mall serve up traditional Irish fare and green beer.Great American Taxi – an acoustic jam band from Boulder blending rock ‘n’ roll, Americana and country and featuring Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman; Chad Staehly of the John McKay Band and Canine Unit; Jefferson Hamer of the Single Malt Band and Wayfarers; and Jake Coffin and Brian Schey of Dan Bern and Fraga – performs at 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. at the Mall’s ticket pavilion.

Sweet Sunny South, a four-piece band from Paonia, brings acoustic old-time bluegrass music with a blend of new and traditional music to the Mall stage at 3 p.m. The celebration concludes with fireworks at 7 p.m., followed by individual parties at village bars. Partygoers can head to the Rio Grande Park in Aspen from 7-9 p.m. for the Fusionpark Invitational, a first-time triple-threat showdown of rail sliding, skateboarding and bowl riding, all performed simultaneously to live music.The St. Patricks’ Day weekend continues on Saturday and Sunday with the KickAspen Big Air Invitational on Aspen Mountain, a Bud Light Spring Jam “CORE” party in downtown Aspen Saturday night, and a free Terrain Parks Bootcamp at Snowmass on Sunday. For more information on these events, visit the full Snowmass St. Patrick’s Day schedule, visit or call 1-800-SNOWMASS.

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