2011 PHILADELPHIA IRISH FESTIVAL AT THE GREAT PLAZA
AT PENNS LANDING
The Philadelphia Irish Festival is the most vibrant Irish culture event celebrated on the Great Plaza at Penns Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. The festival of music, dancing, food, and entertainment will be held on Sunday, June 5th from Noon until 8:00 p.m. Parking lots are available right next to the Great Plaza.
The 13th annual Irish Festival is a family event that features well-known Irish musical performers. The gates will open at 12 Noon on Sunday and admission is free. Guests can enjoy the music of Jamison, Blackthorn and the Hooligans on the main stage.
Irish dance schools such as Emerald Isle, Celtic Flame, Cummins, Rince Ri, McDade, Cara, McHugh, Christina Ryan Kilcoyne, and 2nd St. Irish Society will perform at the main stage. Special honorees this year who will be honored for their work in the Irish Community; Jim Donovan CBS3, Marianne McDonald Irish Radio Show Hostess and professional volunteer, Tom Keenan Photographer for the Irish Edition Newspaper, and Mike Concannon, Irish Radio show host. For a complete schedule of performance times, visit www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com and look up Philadelphia Irish Festival at Penns Landing on the right side of the home page.
In addition to great musical performances, the Irish Festival has something for people of all ages. There will be bagpipers, face painting, and Irish dancing along with a Free Kids Zone sponsored by John Dougherty & IBEW Local 98. Celebrities from CBS3 and the Irish Community will also be mingling with the crowd. Local Irish dance schools will conduct dance exhibitions and non stop performances in the tent area and at the main stage all day long.
Food Vendors will be serving Irish favorites such as Shepherds Pie, Bangors and mashed potatoes, and pulled pork. Adult and childrens beverages are also available. Over 40 different vendors will be selling authentic and traditional Irish goods and crafts. Hope to see you there!
Philadelphia Irish Festival Organizer