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St. Patrick's Day in Atlanta


Location: Underground Atlanta

Time:  March 17-19
Cost:  FREE



Irish eyes are smiling at the thought of the fun they will have at the St. Patrick's Day Festival in the 7th largest Irish City in North America - Atlanta! Taking place over three days at Underground Atlanta, the 2005 St. Patrick's Day Family Festival will feature live traditional Irish music and performances by Celtic Irish Rock bands, as well as Irish dance contests, children's activities, Irish food and beverages and unique Irish vendors. Adding to the extravaganza, patrons will also want to catch the city's 124th Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade, which will culminate Saturday afternoon at Underground Atlanta!

Celebrating the 40% of Georgians and nearly one quarter of Atlantans who currently claim Irish decent, Underground Atlanta invites you and your family to experience the rich Irish culture beginning Thursday, March 17th through Saturday, March 19th. Here are some ways to embrace your heritage and revel in true Irish spirit this St. Patrick's Day weekend:

DANCE: Witness spirited Irish dances by four of Atlanta's own Irish dance schools including: the Cregan O'Brien School of Irish Dance, Mulligan School of Irish Dance, Drake School of Irish Dance and the King O'Sullivan School of Irish Dance.

LIVE MUSIC: Enjoy the playful, lively music of Irish bands such as: The Long Drop, Mickle-A-Do, Siansa, Emerald Rose, the Buddy O'Reilly Band and Keltic Kudzu. Performances will take place on three stages located on Upper Alabama Street, Lower Alabama Street and in Kenny's Alley.

CONTESTS & FUNDRAISERS: Test your Irish dancing skills in a Treble Reel dance contest to win free airline tickets from AirTran Airways. Or, raise funds for cancer research as you take pledges from friends and family to shave your head for St. Baldricks.

FOOD: Experience authentic Irish food and beverages at Underground's own Irish Bred Pub & Grill or grab a Shamrock Shake at Johnny Rockets. Irish food vendors will also offer unique snacks.

VENDORS: Discover Irish souvenirs ranging from T-Shirts and snacks to shamrock-hats and headbands at our vendor booths! Irish society members will also have booths set up. Come meet them in person following Saturday's parade.

CHILDREN'S FUN & GAMES: Meet Chuckles the Clown or ride on our carnival swing ride! Children will also enjoy face painting, balloons, giant inflatable fun houses and sports throw games. Kids will also delight in seeing our historic fountains turned green!

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