March 10, 2014
It's amazing how much stock we put into traditions. Whether it's the way your grandmother makes her cherry pies, the music you listen to during the holidays, or your neighborhood's annual 4th of July block party, traditions help carry on our thirst for life and our individuality as human beings. Traditions help define our cultures while also drawing parallels between our shared beliefs- like the importance of good food, family and friends and of course, music to dance to.
This year marks the 29th year of the Church Hill Irish Festival. The festival is as much a celebration of the Irish community as it is the community that helps organize and run it every year. The two day festival kicks off March 22 with a parade down 25th and Broad Street. The festival runs 10 am-7pm. Thre will be face painting, Irish crafts, dancing and music, a harp competition, several bagpipe troops, over 30 Irish crafters and vendors, plenty of children's games and, of course, your favorite Irish foods and beer. Sunday, March 23, starts with the Hill Topper 5K at 9 am. The fun continues with another day of live music, dancing and good food.
Proceeds from this event go to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, the St. Peter’s Meals Program and many other neighborhood causes. Proceeds also benefit the historic preservation of St. Patrick’s Church, a “little church with a big heart” built in the 1850′s by Irish Immigrants, and its outreach programs.
Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit: http://www.churchhillirishfestival.com/