Irish Festivals – An American Tradition

Irish-Americans are proud of their ancestry, and with good reason. The Irish people have contributed so much to art, literature, music and dance. When Irish-Americans come together to celebrate their heritage, all the wondrous aspects of being Irish come to life as well. Irish festivals are fun, family events that everyone can enjoy, full of lively music, traditional Irish dancing, and the food and drink of the Emerald Isle.

Irish festivals can be a special way to socialize and make new friends. You can attend pub nights and dances, and enjoy the special arts and crafts, all with a unique Celtic flair, that are sold at such events. Consider showing your love of Ireland by choosing a lovely piece of Irish jewelry to wear to the festival. Some ideal choices would be traditional, Irish Claddagh rings, or perhaps a Shamrock pendant, inlaid with tiny diamonds.

As well, special Aran sweaters, hand-knit in Ireland, are a great choice for a festival wardrobe, especially in cold or rainy weather. Adding little elements of Celtic jewelry and style to your wardrobe will really allow you to enter into the joyful spirit of the occasion.

If you’ve considered attending an Irish festival in your area, there are some amazing opportunities that are just around the corner. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Irish Festivals, all of them taking place in the days leading up to, and including, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Here is our guide to some great, American festivals for those of Irish descent:

Savannah Irish Festival – Savannah, Georgia – This festival runs from Feb 13th to 15th, and there will be four stages set up for live performers, offering you so much choice and variety. There will be a series of accomplished musicians, and live dancing as well. Some headlining acts for the Savannah Irish Festival are renowned musical artists Slide, John Doyle, and Tommy Sands. This festival promises to be an unforgettable way to experience a touch of Ireland in the American South.

26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire – Phoenix, Arizona – This festival has been a yearly event in Phoenix since 1984, and it has many amazing events to capture your interest and imagination. The festival begins on March 14th, and features a wonderful parade for St. Patrick’s Day. Since so many residents of Phoenix share Irish ancestry, the festival has become a cherished tradition in Arizona. You can enjoy watching the Irish Miss Colleen pageant, and be entertained by a full roster of talented musicians and Irish step dancers. Children will adore the special petting zoo and pony rides that are offered for youngsters.

Irish Congress of Southern California – 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – San Diego, California – Although St. Paddy’s Day is traditionally celebrated on March 17th, many parades take place on March 14th. That is the case with this full-scale parade, held near San Diego’s stunning Balboa Park. As well as the parade, festival-goers can enjoy fun events like the Smiling Irishman contest, and a Miss Colleen pageant.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity to experience an Irish festival in the near future. Getting in touch with your heritage can open you up to new pleasures and new experiences, and it is a fun, affordable way to enjoy great times with family and friends.

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  1. Celtic art is amazing. Got myself a celtic ring and everybody keeps asking where I got it… 🙂

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