As some of you already know, Pixie has been working with the organisers of the Irish St Patrick’s Festival on a huge photo sharing project to help document this year’s festival in photos from the perspective of those attending. The aim is to invite everyone bringing their camera to this year’s events to contribute their photos to the official St Patrick’s Festival group so that the experience can be shared with people from all over the world.
To make things a little more interesting, we’ve created a competition (more details to follow) and will be selecting three lucky winners whose photos capture the spirit of the festival. Canon have very kindly offered to sponsor some of the best prizes we’ve seen in a photo competition and with a total value of just under €1,800, these are very generous prizes!!!
So here’s where you come in – we need your help to get the word out and to say thanks we’re got something to give back to the blogging community!
Whenever we work with festivals or corporate clients we always try to ensure that we can offer something special back to the Pixie community. Some of you may recall that when we signed the Share Your Experience deal with Diageo we celebrated by inviting a group of photobloggers to the Guinness Storehouse. For the St Patrick's Festival parade on March 17th, we've managed to get you something special too and we’re calling it the St Patrick's Festival Pixie Party:
- 20 bloggers and photobloggers will be invited to watch the St Patrick's Festival parade from a vetted viewing area. Each will be given an official wristband to gain access to this exclusive VIP area.
- 4 bloggers and photobloggers will be invited to watch the parade from the Festival Grandstand.
- 2 photobloggers will be invited to join the world media and take photos of the parade from the elevated position from the official open topped Media Bus which is positioned on the parade route.
- 2 Pixie users will chosen (subject to a security check) and given a Golden Pass which provides exclusive access to the parade route on the day. Only 12 Golden Passes will be issued this year to the international media and this is the first time photographers outside of the national and international media have been invited on into the parade route. This is HUGE.
How can you help? Write a blog post, post a photo on your blog, link to http://pix.ie/group/stpatricksfestival, re-tweet for @stpatricksfest, do anything to help us promote the project and competition then let us know about it by leaving a comment here so we can include you on the list. If there are more people who help out than places, we’ll have to make selections, but don’t worry it gets better...
To celebrate the Guinness 250 year anniversary, the Guinness Storehouse
are inviting 250
Pixie users, bloggers and photobloggers to continue the Pixie Party after the parade and join in the fun at the Storehouse's annual Paddy's Day festival on March 17th
“On St. Patrick's Day, Guinness Storehouse will host an electrifying global celebration of Guinness and the Irish national holiday with over 250 entertainers of every description. Prepare for a barrage of rock, soul, roots, swing, jazz and traditional Irish, as well as international street performers and marching bands. Learn how to Pour the Perfect Pint of Guinness like a true Dublin connoisseur, savour the taste of Guinness variants and try some food with a Guinness twist.” - More details of what to expect!!!
We've worked hard to get access and activities for the community on this one, so please help us spread the word and don’t forget to give the Storehouse and our sponsors Canon some link love!
Thanks to Susan, Daniela, Jonothan, Piaras, Lisa, Catherine, Alison, Sabrina, Darragh, Niamh and Kiall for all your help in putting this together.
Follow @stpatricksfest and @pixie on Twitter for more information and news about what is going on. (Hashtag for St Patricks's Festival is #spf09)
UPDATE (Mar 14th 11:30) - As requested here is the list of people who have RSVP'd for the parade:
Sinead Mc Donald,
We wish we could have allocated more places, but as mentioned above, numbers were limited and we did really well to get as many places as we did. Everyone who commented below so far is invited to join us at the Guinness Storehouse from 15:00 on Tuesday. We will be sending out a separate email with details about this shortly.
Congratulations to those who made the list - see you on Tuesday!