Taking time out of everyday life, to attend an Irish Festival in your area, can open you up to new experiences and time-honored traditions. Whether you enjoy music, dancing, arts and crafts, or simply socializing in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere, you will discover a whole new way to understand where you come from, with others who share your heritage.
Irish festivals have grown in popularity over the years, as more and more people find out how inspiring and pleasant a weekend spent in such an environment can be. With St. Paddy’s Day on the horizon, you should consider a proper celebration of all the things that make being Irish so very special.
A festival makes it easy to take advantage of the rich cultural tradition of the Emerald Isle, as organizers take care to plan full rosters of fun activities for all age groups and interests. From pub nights and dances, to live music on multiple stages, and even parades, there is truly something for every taste.
There are many ways you can prepare for an Irish festival: for example, you can choose a piece of Irish jewelry, such as a diamond Shamrock pendant, or a Claddagh ring, to help you get into the spirit of things. You can also buy CD’s of traditional Irish music, to get a taste of what you will be hearing on the Festival stages.
Sample classic Irish brews such as Guinness, and invite your friends over for a little Irish festival of your own. Once you’ve explored the diverse traditions and tastes of Ireland with your friends, they may want to come along and attend the festival with you. Make it a fun group outing with people you love to be with – the more, the merrier!
Here is a quick look at some upcoming Irish festivals:
2009 North Texas Irish Festival – This festival will celebrate its 27th anniversary this year, and it runs from March 6th to March 8th. This year, festival organizers are proud to schedule a reading by renowned author and broadcaster Frank Delaney. Delaney will be reading from his newest work, Shannon, and he will do a book signing as well.
Talented musicians will perform on five stages, and in the Quiet Man Pub, during the run of the festival. Look for stellar performances from bands like Needfire, and The Trinity River Whalers.
With an expected turnout of 52,000 people, this large festival promises to provide lots of excitement and fun for all attendees.
Chicago’s South Side St. Patrick’s Day Parade – This parade is scheduled for March 15, 2009, beginning at midday. There will be a pre-parade party on Feb. 27th, with a full buffet, and beer and wine, in Merrionette Park. The party runs from 8 until midnight, and it is for adults (over 21) only.
This year, as always, the Parade organizers are devoted to creating a wonderful parade that encompasses the values of “Family, Faith, and Heritage”. There will be Irish songs and music, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Parade Day, followed by Mass at 9:00 a.m., at St. Cajetan Parish Centre.