Celebrate Irish culture every day in Lexington

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Upper Street is filled with Irish-owned businesses. | Photo by LEXtoday

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From the historical stone fences and the horse farms they surround, to a host of businesses on Upper Street — the Irish influence in Lexington is as deep as the Irish brogue is fast.

Since Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day (don’t forget your green) we’re taking a look at how we can celebrate Irish culture on this holiday + beyond.

Fun fact: City Editor Molly has dual citizenship with Ireland as her father was born + raised in Kilkenny.

The first-ever Lexington St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held downtown in 1980 and led by founder + longtime organizer Bill Enright. In September of that same year, the Bluegrass Irish Society was incorporated as a public, charitable, and educational organization.

Three boyscouts and a man carrying a green sign that says Bluegrass Irish Society walking through a downtown street.

The 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival was held in 2019. | Photo by Ed Roller

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The group — now led by Megan Moloney + Liza Hendley Betz — has been in charge of planning our St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival for decades. The festivities will take over downtown tomorrow, March 16 from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the parade beginning at 1 p.m. Expect music throughout the day from the likes of William Sutherland Reid Pipes & Drums + Celtic Blue.

Among other vendors, including local businesses + nonprofits, the festival will feature performances from two Irish dance schools — McTeggart Irish Dancers + Bluegrass Ceili Academy. Interested in learning a jig yourself? The schools offer lessons for both children + adults.

Honor the Irish every day

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one day. There’s plenty of places to enjoy Irish culture every day in Lexington.