Irish Day Celebration – Erin, TN

February 22, 2011 by  

March 19, 2011

Irish Day Festival 1968Welcome to historic Erin, Tennessee.  Cradled in the heart of Tennessee’s natural wonder and magical charm, 200 jewel-like acres of Houston County are nestled quietly in a range of hills and valleys, unequalled in beauty by any part of the highland rim portion of the state.  According to legend, Irish railroad workers who were reminded of the valleys, hills, hollows, and meadows of their homeland, Ireland, gave the name Erin to this small community. One night, the workers took a “wee drip too much” and let out the ancient rallying cry, “Erin Go Braugh.”  The name stuck and a celebration of Irish heritage and blessings takes place annually during the third week in March when everyone is “Irish in Erin.”

The Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce, other local leaders, and interested citizens conceived the idea of an Irish Celebration for Erin in 1963.  The focus of this annual event was to be the welfare, progress and promotion of the town and county. The local population went in the venture rather slowly.  They liked the idea, but some felt it may be a bit too big for such a small body of citizens.  However, the “Wearing of the Green” was a successful event that year and has continued each year to grow in interest and attendance.  From the Grand Parade, Leprechauns and banquets to carnival rides, pageants and arts & craft booths, there is something for everyone.  Relive the spirit of St. Patrick at one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations south of Chicago!

We welcome you to Erin this March 19th for our Annual Wearing of the Green Irish Day Celebration.  Come early have breakfast at the Presbyterian Church, watch the wee Leprechaun Parade followed by the Grand Parade.  The Irish Day Queens and the crowned Fairest of the Fair will be looking glamorous as they ride cars and floats in the parade.  Keep your eyes on the look out for the Shriners’ and all their antics.  See a variety of car club entries, The Leprechaun, and a Bag Pipe Band playing some Irish tunes as they march.  The parade travels north to south down Main Street ending at the Court Square.

After the parade, stroll through the many vendor and exhibit booths, and enjoy a plethora of tantalizing food options.  Entertainment by the U.S. Navy Band will be on the Square Stage.  At the Regions Bank Corner Stage there will be some fast stepping, high kicking dancers, a Minnie Pearle impersonator, and a variety of Country & Gospel music playing all day.  So join us this year and be Irish for the Day at the largest Irish Day celebration and parade in this area!

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