Fiesta de Reyes, a bright and festive shopping and dining district in the center of the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, is celebrating Irish-Mexican Day this Saturday, November 9. San Diego’s Irish-Mexican Day honors the Irish immigrants of the legendary artillery unit, Saint Patrick’s Brigade, who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War in the 1840s.
Part of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion song even goes as follows: “From Dublin City to San Diego, we witnessed freedom denied. So we formed the Saint Patrick Battalion and we fought on the Mexican side.” The Saint Patrick’s Brigade became one of the Mexican Army’s most highly decorated brigades during the Mexican-American War.
This free event, which runs from noon to 3 pm, will feature traditional Irish music and more authentic Mexican food than you can imagine. Last year the event also included a bagpiper’s parade and dancing. After the event you can browse the 19 shops in Fiesta de Reyes or grab some more food at one of three world-class restaurants: Barra Barra, Casa de Reyes or Cosmopolitan.
Local U.S. military from Old Town’s nearby MCRD are encouraged to come and participate in the festivities and soak up some Mexican-American history while we all pay patronage to those that were lost and those that are currently serving in our country’s military.
If you’re visiting San Diego from out of town or have family coming in for an MCRD graduation, click here for information on the affordable Marina Inn hotel near Old Town San Diego. Marina Inn & Suites is just seven minutes away from Old Town and five minutes from the MCRD. You can also call our Reservations Specialist at 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our military discounts!