CelticFest Vancouver 2011

Pipers at the CelticFest Parade

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that brings out the liveliness and Irishness in all of us? We all want to relate to it. Why? It’s because this annual event held all around the world is always a good time; everyone is your friend, undoubtedly someone will ask you if you’ve kissed the Blarney Stone and with all the drinks to be had you’re lucky if you don’t see shamrocks in double.

CelticFest Vancouver 2011 is happening March 16-20th. The main event of course being the St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. The parade starts at Drake & Howe, moves along Howe St. and ends at Georgia & Granville. Over 350,000 people will line the streets to see Celtic pipers, drummers and dancers fill the streets.

Along with the parade there are many other fun events happening! The list below are only some of the other festivities.

Celtic Village: Granville St. will be closed down for a family friendly street party on the weekend (March 19 and 20th) with interactive storytelling, sword fighting demonstrations, music, food and dancing.

Whisky Tasting: A very popular event where you will be led through a tasting of what the Irish call “water of life” by scotch specialists. On Wednesday March 16th at Doolin’s Irish Pub you can taste five different scotches/Irish whiskey along with appetizers, followed by listening to live music from the Colin Grant Trio. Tickets are $30 in advance.

Celtic Village Street Market

Free Music Workshop: There will also be six free musical workshops happening on the weekend, March 19 & 20th at Tom Lee Music at various times. You can learn Celtic fiddle, mandolin, piano and step dancing.

Musical Kitchen Party: Hosted by Jay Knutson, one of the founding members of  the iconic Canadian Band, Spirit of the West. This event happening at Tom Lee Music on Sunday, March 20th is a completely informal and inviting place to play or come listen to a Celtic jam session. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Celtic Film Screening: Two documentaries will be showing on Saturday March 19th at Stadium Club at Edgewater Casino, The Yellow Bittern which tells the story of the life and times of Liam Clancy and Sunshine Superman, the life story of Donovan Leitch. Tickets are $10 for both films at the door.

Sounds like a good time? Aye.

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