Music City Irish Fest Provides Families a Unique Experience Highlighting Nashville's Celtic Roots

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Festival Aims for Ages to Embrace Nashville’s Heritage and Explore its Irish Connection

“Families will enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together at Music City Irish Fest while experiencing cultural activities," Said MCIF Executive Director Brenda Willis

Music City Irish Fest is set to provide families with a unique opportunity to celebrate Nashville’s Celtic roots. The free street festival runs 11am until 11pm on Demonbreun Street near the iconic Musica statue.

The second annual event provides a wide-range of cultural events featuring Irish music, traditional step-dancing, authentic shopping and fun activities for all ages.

“Families will enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together at Music City Irish Fest while experiencing cultural activities like learning to dance a jig in the dance tent or getting hands-on experience with traditional Irish instruments, tasting Irish food and hearing great Irish music,” said Music City Irish Fest Executive Director Brenda Willis.

Festival attendees can stop by the dance tent to see the local award-winning Southern Academy of Irish Dance performing traditional step-dancing demonstrations. The local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and hurling club will also show off their skills to future Celtic athletes and fans of the sport.

Families can also catch both international and local bands on the main stage such as We Banjo 3, a quartet comprised of two sets of Irish brothers whose foot-stomping tunes and fresh songs get everyone joining the fun. The Nashville-based Willis Clan, a musical family with twelve children who appeared on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent and now star in their own TLC reality TV show, blend their Irish heritage with contemporary sounds to create their chart-topping music.

Vendors will provide crafts and a unique Irish shopping experience with leather work, stained glass, heraldry and instrument making. The Harp and Fiddle, Nashville’s very own Irish pub, will serve up Irish food for all ages.

Opening ceremonies are at 11 am. Viewers will see a special dance performance by The Willis Clan dedicated to the visiting foreign dignitaries.

Music City Irish Fest is held every March in Nashville. Last year more than 10,000 people attended the inaugural event. This year more than 20,000 people are expected to take part in the daylong festival. Other highlights include traditional Irish food and drink, crafts and instruments.

MCIF 2016 is sponsored by Tourism Ireland, Dark Horse Institute, WSM Radio, Lightning 100, CIE Tours, Harp and Fiddle, Guinness, Yazoo, Lyft, McNamara’s Irish Pub, Prime Tours, Sister Cities of Nashville, Yazoo, Barnes and Noble, The Keenan Group, Fireball Designs and CapStar Bank.

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Go Green. Go Nashville. Go Ireland.

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