Celtic Heritage and Music Festival

St. Augustine, which is a bit of a drive from here but so what, has an awesome festival for Saint Patrick’s Day (this year it is the weekend prior). They say they are the oldest Celtic city in the country, so they go all out, which sounds good to me! It’s so Celtic it even has clan registration information available on the website, and they can win awards. Sounds pretty authentic, doesn’t it? For me, it conjures up visions of pipe and drum bands and lots of tartan. I am so going this year. I asked for tickets for Christmas; I even convinced my dad that he’d like to go, to kind of tip the scales in my favor. Bad, I know, but a girl’s gotta do what she can to get what she wants, right? And my dad loves live music anyway. Other than work, he doesn’t do much, so at least this way we both get to have a little fun.

Anyway, back to the festival. They have crazy competitive Highland games, and all kinds of vendors, from clothes and jewelry to food. Whoohoo! I am definitely going to be on the lookout for some funky one-of-a-kind earrings. I also want to see their St. Patty’s parade, which should be awesome. It’s only been around a couple of years, but it is huge already. I bet it is the next best thing to either New York City’s or Boston’s—both my dream places to go for St. Patty’s, and I will get there one day I’m sure.Maybe one day when I’m not a broke college girl, hahaha.

The thing I am most looking forward to is the music. There’s going to be at least 8 main stage performances, and then there’s some more performers on the second stage (they have magic acts, an author, and some additional musicians). It’s going to be so much fun. I cannot wait to hear Rathkeltair because their founding members (including the bagpiper, oh joy!) were originally in a super cool band called Seven Nations. And, awesomely enough, Seven Nations is also playing, so I get to see both. How great is that? I am going to optimistically root for some kind of reunion song or something. These are the bands that have inspired much of the popular Celtic rock out there right now (think Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphies, stuff like that) so it is going to be very cool to see where the sound originated. Personally, I think a festival like this is the best way to see live music anyway. It just feels like more of an experience to me than standing around indoors with the sound bouncing all over the place. Give me a beautiful blue sky, some green grass, and some music, and I am a happy camper!

Anyway, that’s my plan for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Are you jealous, because you totally should be. What about you? What are your plans?