It’s time again for the greening of the Gables

The South Florida Irish community invites everyone to join in a traditional Celtic celebration at the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 8. The festival will take place at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables (just five blocks south of Miracle Mile).

Entertainment will be provided by Avalon featuring the popular Irish singer and harpist Tricianne Garrihy; Paddy Kelleghan Band; Dan Fitzgerald with his Ballads and Blarney accompanied by Peter Fuchs; Cool Old Dudes and by St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Band. In addition, Irish dancers from the Breffni Academy of Dance led by Michael O’Hara will provide plenty of fancy stepping and gravity-defying leaps. Lovely participants of the Miss Colleen Pageant will be showcased on stage.

Holding to the belief that “Everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” The St. Patrick’s Day Committee has combined family- oriented entertainment and a variety of palate-pleasing dishes such as traditional corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, authentic Irish Coffee, Irish soda bread, and whiskey cake as well as a wide array of spirits and other beverages including Irish whisky and Irish stout.

The festival also will include many children’s activities, including a giant slide, the very popular rock-climbing wall and a merry-go-round. A wide variety of Irish crafts will be available for sale by high quality vendors.

This is the 14th year the festival will take place in Coral Gables at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park. The site of the festival is named for the late former Coral Gables Mayor Fred B. Hartnett, a long-time member of the Emerald Society.

For 35 years, the St. Patrick’s Day Committee has organized a St. Patrick’s Day parade or festival. The event is produced by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Inc. with the support of the Coral Gables Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

As always, admission to the festival is free to all. For information, call 305-949-8400 or send email to

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