LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The Annual Lexington St. Patrick’s Irish Festival is being moved to Cheapside Park and the Fifth/Third Pavilion on Main Street in downtown Lexington. The Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival will be held on Saturday, March 15.
Ed Frederick, Irish Festival facilities coordinator and co-chair, recently announced the move from CentrePointe.
“We really appreciate the Webb Companies allowing us to use CentrePointe these past years but time moves on,” Frederick said. “We have been blessed with an ever-increasing turnout and will insure that we have plenty of room for all of the free activities.”
The Irish Festival begins at 11 a,m. with the traditional “Blessing of the Keg.” A keg of Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale will be piped into the festival area, blessed by a priest, tapped and distributed while sharing a number of Irish toasts. Free Irish entertainment then begins and continues until 7 p.m., with a break at 1 p.m. for the 35th Annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade on Main Street. This year the headliner act will be Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters.
Frederick said that the entire Cheapside Park will be under heated tents so the weather will not be a factor. Short Street will be lined with a diverse group of food vendors and all kinds of Irish goods and crafts will be available. There will also be a variety of activities for children, including fact painting, arts and crafts, a photo booth and more.
More information is available on the website www.LexingtonStPatsParade.org.