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1st Annual Inaugural Jacksonville Celtic Festival Event List

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1st Annual Inaugural Jacksonville Celtic Festival Event List
We here at Lazy Loafer are all about promoting fun events, leisure activities, fellowship and relaxation. The Jacksonville Celtic Festival seems to fit all of those categories. Check out this official release from the organizers of the event.
More Entertainers, Tug-of-War Contest Added To 1st Annual Inaugural Jacksonville Celtic Festival Event List

Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013Irish Echoes, a professional band and dance group, recently joined the long list of entertainers lined up for the 1st annual Jacksonville Celtic Festival. And a Tug-of-War tournament has been added to the Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Rugby Exhibitions on the beach.
Featuring upbeat music, lively dancing, rugged Highland games and cuisine of the colorful culture, the 1st Annual Jacksonville Celtic Festival is expected to be the largest event of its kind ever held in Northeast Florida. Guinness is the headline sponsor, and Lynch’s Irish Pub is the local sponsor.
The gates open at 11 a.m. and the opening ceremony will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, 75 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The event, which will be open until 10 p.m., also will have booths with a variety of Celtic items for sale, ethnic foods, a Kid’s Zone, three Irish beer brewers, Celtic genealogists and local celebrities.
“This is the first year we have held the Jacksonville Celtic Festival, and it’s the biggest event of its kind for Jacksonville,” said Keith Doherty, event coordinator, GM of Lynch’s Irish Pub and Jacksonville Beach City Council member. “The Festival is a celebration of the Celtic heritage. It will appeal to all genres and age groups. We intend to make this the first annual festival of many to come, and eventually we will make it a three-day event. ”
Local personalities have been invited to introduce performers and events. They include Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, University of North Florida President John Delaney, First Coast News Meteorologist Tim Deegan and WJXT-TV News Anchor Bruce Hamilton.
The festival will emphasize the colorful traditions and relationships between the seven Celtic nations of Europe and the U.S., and will feature internationally known musicians and dancers. Indeed, the main goal of this non-profit is to provide a scholarship fund for U.S students who wish to study Celtic history in Ireland, Scotland, Wales or Southwest England.
Entertainment planned for the premier event includes internationally known musical groups, local fife and drum corps, Irish and Scottish dancers, a Kid’s Zone, Scottish games athletes, Tug of War competition, local celebrities, craft booths and genealogists to research family trees.
Here are the tentative performance times and entertainers scheduled for the main stages [updated times will be provided as they occur. Videos of songs performed by the groups are posted on]
Noon — Spade McQuade & The Allstars – Irish rock band
1:15 p.m. — Irish Echoes – traditional dance and ceili music
2:30 p.m. — The Gothard Sisters – Celtic music and dancing
3:45 p.m. — Colm Kirwan – Country music with a Celtic flair
5 p.m. — The Willis Clan – Irish music merged with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of old and new
6:15 p.m. — Searson – energetic and upbeat Celtic music featuring step dancing and several musical instruments
7:30 p.m. — Rathkeltair – Rock music with Celtic roots
8:45 p.m. — Enter the Haggis – unique and eclectic blend of instruments: fiddles, banjos, bagpipes, accordians, mandolins, horns, harmonicas, cellos, farfisas and electric guitar
The pipe corps, and Scottish and Irish dancers will perform 15 minute sets between bands on the Pavilion stage, and include:
Clay County Sheriff’s Office Pipes & Drums – traditional Scottish and Irish drum and bagpipe music
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department Pipes & Drums – traditional Scottish and Irish drum and bagpipe music
Jacksonville Pipes and Drums – traditional Irish and Scottish music
Glas Tara School of Irish Dance – Irish dance
Irish Echoes – professional Irish dancers and musicians play traditional Irish music and songs on a variety of instruments
Games, Vendors and Kids Zone
1-4 p.m. Northeast Florida Scottish Games, Rugby Exhibition and Tug-of-War Competition – Scottish gamers will toss cabers and demonstrate other rugged games, rugby teams will play and six-person teams will compete in a Tug-of-War tournament on the beach. The round-robin Tug-of-war tournament is free to enter and the winners will receive medals. Sign-up is in the Games tent at the oceanfront or online at
11 a.m.-sundown Kid’s Zone – featuring rides, games and face painting. British and Irish food will be provided by Cameron’ British Foods but there will also be many local food trucks to satisfy almost everyone’s palate.

Some of the authentic merchandise vendors include; Colleen’s Celtic Cove, The UK Market, Under the Mystical Moon, The Celtic Exchange, The Faire Isle Trading Company and many more.

Guinness, Harpers and Smithwicks Irish beers will be sold at the event along with a selection of wine.
VIP tickets are available for $20 each. Ticket holders get seating in the orchestra section of the main stage, a no-wait VIP bar, VIP bathrooms, free entry to the whiskey tasting at Lynch’s Irish Pub (9 p.m. Nov. 15) and priority entry to the Seven Nations concert at Lynch’s after the festival on Nov. 16.
Discounts will be offered at official host hotels, just mention Jacksonville Celtic Festival when booking. The rooms are $129 at Quality Suites Oceanfront, (904) 435-3535; $119 at Best Western Oceanfront, (904) 249-4949; and $109 at Holiday Inn Express, (904) 435-3000.
Parking is free and plentiful any Jacksonville Beach lot.
The Jacksonville Celtic Festival is the premier, one-day Celtic heritage event at Jacksonville Beach. Sanctioned by The Gathering — the official Tourism Ireland 2013 campaign — the Jax Celtic Fest will showcase the best of the seven Celtic nations of Europe and the United States in a unique celebration of culture, music and heritage in Northeast Florida.





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