Hopefully, I will have finagled another VIP pass, thanks in part to this and previous years' exhaustive blog coverage of the event (that there is what we call a full disclosure in the blog biz), though I would have been going anyway, since I'm apparently the only social media type in the entire Eastern Seaboard not going to Austin for SXSW.
Anyway, since my AOL layoff guide was such a raging success (good luck, by the way, folks -- at least know that Rondy are out the door, too), here are a few tips for new Shamrockfest-goers:
* To VIP or not VIP? Whether or not you should spring for VIP passes really depends on the price you get (remember, tickets cost more at the door, though check Craigslist, too -- they're easy to transfer and print) and your alcohol tolerance. It looks like the main stages are a lot closer to VIP this year (see the map), whereas they were a bit out of the way previous years.
I guess that's my only semi-substantive tip. Weatherwise, the high currently looks to be about 50, so dress accordingly. I usually make fun of people who bring their own beads and trinkets, but I guess it's the environmentally correct -- green, ahem -- thing to do.
Other items that could be construed as guidelines:
Watch out for guys with axes
The bigger the hat, the cooler the action.
Suspenders go best with striped socks and flinty looks.
Did I mention the socks? Tights are also acceptable.
Mug management skills are crucial.
Just as in Irish English, "Pants" are rubbish.
Don't forget to get something for the ride home.
I know there'll be a good blogger contingent out there, too, which may or may not be an incentive for you.
See you on Saturday.