The Irish Music & Dance Association (IMDA) proudly hosts its 31th annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2012 featuring regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish Cuisine, pipe bands and Children’s crafts and entertainment. We have something for everyone!
The St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration is held from 10am to 5 pm, Saturdayday, March 17th, at the Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, in downtown St. Paul.
Bring the family downtown for St. Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and come on to Landmark Center to continue the celebration.
Irish attractions include:
Local and regional Irish music throughout the day on four stages.
Traditional Irish dancers from area dance schools and adult groups performing high-spirited exhibition style Irish dance.
Traditional Irish music along with tea and scones in our Irish Tea Room.
The Irish Marketplace with authentic Irish merchants, artisans and informational resources.
Traditional Irish food and American style sandwiches, along with local and Irish beer.
Children’s crafts with an Irish theme, offered free of charge.
Children’s stage with special entertainment just for the ‘wee ones.’
Seminars on Irish topics, including Irish music and language.
The St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration is produced by the Irish Music and Dance Association and is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Landmarks.
Tickets are$6 for adults, $4 for kids 5-12 and may be purchased at the door on either day Group discounts can be arranged by calling 612-990-3122 or e-mail at Lisa@IMDA-MN.org.
1:00 ~ "Irish for Tourists" - Gaeltacht Minnesota Get a quick preview of the Irish language as you will see and hear it on your travels in Ireland. A little knowledge of Irish will enhance your appreciation of the culture and enrich your travel experience.
1:30 ~ "Evolution of Irish Music in American Song" - Locklin Road
From the Appalachians, the Civil War and Tin Pan Alley to Bing Crosby and the 50s/60s Folk Revival—Irish music has had a powerful and lasting influence on American popular
music. Learn the roots and the connections, as the members of Locklin Road present and perform, giving a snapshot of the musical journey.
2:30 ~ "The Irish Harp: Then & Now" - Ann Heymann After nearly two-hundred years of silence the old Irish harp tradition is making a comeback, with Ann Heymann playing a major role. This intriguing story is told with the help of PowerPoint, but music takes center stage with live demonstrations on stunning replicas strung in gold, silver and brass.
3:30 ~ "Into the Mysterious Bogs: True Tales from Irish History into Ripping Good Mysteries" - Erin Hart, author of The Haunted Ground, Lake of Sorrows and the False Mermaid