IRISH EVENTS

MINNEAPOLIS


MINNEAPOLIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY ASSOCIATION

The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, or MSPDA, was founded in 1969 by Sean and Judith Clerkin. With their active participation in the community and desire to celebrate Minnesota's Irish-American heritage, the Clerkins decided to begin a tradition of supporting the diabetic community by donating to the American Diabetes Association, raising money through St. Patrick's Day parade events and contests.

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ST. PAUL


IRISH FAIR OF MINNESOTA

836 Prior Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104 (map)

Since 2001, beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park in downtown St. Paul has hosted Irish Fair of Minnesota. The festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities and one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and even enjoy a pint or two!

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MINNESOTA IRISH MUSIC WEEKEND


The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, presented by the Center for Irish Music, is a unique annual festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert. Visiting artists are recognized for their musical mastery, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music.

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY ASSOCIATION

Home of the annual St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade and related events. This spirited tribute to St. Paul’s Irish community began in 1967 at Gallivan’s restaurant and bar. "It was a bitter cold day during the Winter Carnival," says Bob Gallivan. Some of his pals stopped by to get out of the cold and have a drink. "Let’s have a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade," Gallivan remembers saying, "before we get too old."
Word spread and the planning began. Judge Edward Devitt who had marched every year –"It’s a sin to miss it"—was part of that first committee. "This is a natural center for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, because there are so many Irish."

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