Leave it to the Irish, and St. Patrick's School, to know how to put on a party -- which they will do at the annual Irish Games festival.
The Irish Games are March 18-19 at TRAC in Pasco.
This year Irish Games organizers will spice up the green beer with some sexy salsa music performed by Cambalache, a popular Seattle group.
Pancho Chavez, Cambalache's front man, said salsa packs a much bigger punch than other Latin music.
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"Salsa is born from African rhythms," he said via e-mail. "It's a lot more percussive and danceable than traditional Mexican music like mariachi.
"Salsa, the idea, was born in New York when the Puerto Ricans and Cubans got 'hold of jazz music. The music grew with horns and harmonies," he added.
There will be plenty of that sultry music when Cambalache swings into action starting at 9 p.m. March 18. Warming up the audience before the band's performance will be dancers from Tri-City based Salsa Con Rumba Dance Company, who also will give salsa lessons for beginners.
Phamous Phaces, a classic rock party band from Oregon, will rock the house starting at 9 p.m. March 19.
Music isn't all that's happening at the Irish Games. There's also that green beer, a Leprechaun carnival, sporting tourneys, food vendors and carnival rides.
The festival opens at 4 p.m. March 18 and at 8 a.m. March 19. Carnival rides start at 11 a.m. each day.
Other events March 19 include the Pacific Northwest Arm Wrestling competition, which starts at 9 a.m., and a show and shine featuring automobiles from the Olympia Beatnicks Car Club.
Festival admission is $15 March 18 and $10 March 19. Kids 6 and younger are $5. Tickets are available at the door and parking is free.
Carnival arms bands cost $17 in advance or $22 the day of the event, and are available at St. Patrick's School until March 17.
The Leprechaun carnival features face and hair painting and games for the little ones. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament starts at 8 a.m. March 19.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org