Irish Day Celebration – Erin, TN
March 19, 2011
Welcome 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.”
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!