Event Dates: October 05, 2013
CenturyLink presents the 9th annual Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival on Saturday, October 5th. The festival will be held at Kiroli Park in West Monroe, 10:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. The public is invited to attend for just the 50 cent per person park entrance fee, and will enjoy a community-friendly entertainment-packed day.
Coordinators representing the City of West Monroe, the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and Enoch’s Irish Pub & Café have come together to plan for non-stop Irish and Scottish music, dancing, storytelling and workshop sessions, wares vendors and artisans, traditional foods, and much more. Most exciting, Tom McCandlish with the Chamber of Commerce has recruited local enthusiast Dr. Jeffrey Counts, and Jayson Tisdale aka “Kaptain Kilt” of the Southeastern Highland Athletics Group, to coach and judge a sanctioned Highland Games competition. McCandlish says “Over 25 heavy athletics competitors are traveling in to compete for their standing in the Southeast region. These folks are serious about their Highland Games, the guys and gals you see in kilts tossing huge wooden cabers and 30 pound weights. It’s not as easy as you might think! The field at Kiroli Park is perfect, and festival-goers will enjoy the action and visiting with Celtic clan representatives, in addition to all the other day’s events. It’s going to be a great day and the Chamber is happy to add to the fun.”
The festival’s entertainment lineup will be announced in detail in coming weeks, along with a calendar of lead-up community events, but attendees can look forward to this year’s musical headliner The Pure Drop. The lineup for this traditional Irish band includes: seven-time All-Ireland button-box champion John Whelan; All-Ireland fiddler Brian Conway; Cork born Máirtín de Cogain who is a singing, dancing, bodhrán player and an All-Ireland champion storyteller; and guitar accompanist Don Penzien who has also long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music and touring festival and concert musician. The Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival has a reputation for bringing in some of the best-known Celtic touring acts, and mixing things up with Louisiana talent and creative “jam” sessions such as “Celtic Meets Bluegrass” and “Celtic Meets Delta Blues.” More information can be found on the festival’s Web site, and by following its Facebook page.
Admission Fee (if any): 50 cents per person park entry fee
Ages Festival is Appropriate For: all ages
Accessibility Notes: handicap accessible
The park includes a dog park, and pets must be on a leash.