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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE & FAIRE ON MARCH 17TH

29th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire
Saturday, March 17th 2012
This Year's Theme is "Arizona Irish 100 Years and Going Strong"
29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire Saturday, March 17, 2012. Location for the Parade 3rd Street from Sheridan south to Margaret T. Hance Park Starts at 10 am.  The Faire starts immediately after at Hance Park West side of Central at the Irish Cultural Center. Admission $10.00 adults 13 & older Kids 12 & under FREE. Senior (55 & over) and Military $8.00.  2 Stages of Irish Music and Dancers, Kids Area, Food and Beverages, Crafters.  Free Shuttle from 1850 North Central Avenue (West side of Central Ave & Palm Lane) to the Faire.  TAKE THE LIGHT RAIL TO THE ROOSEVELT STREET STATION.  Free parking at the garage at 1850 North Central Avenue.
The Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade began in 1984. Its purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. The Parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, the 2012 Arizona Irish Colleen / Arizona Rose with her Court and a whole lot more.
This year's Grand Marshall is Seamus McCaffrey who is from Belfast and is the owner of Rosie McCaffrey's Pub in Phoenix as well as being a Founder of the Irish Cultural Center.  The Irish Persons of the Year are Sean and Patricia Prior who are from Counties Cavan and Waterford respectively.  The Priors are Founders of the Irish Cultural Center and have been heavily involved in the Irish Community for many years.  Sean is a docent at the ICC and Patricia is the Executive Director.  For further information call (602) 280-9221 or visit www.phxirish.org
See the March art exhibition at the ICC The participating artists are Heather Edgar, Benjamin Gill, and Ira Hayden.  The exhibit will display Celtic designs, mandalas, the myths and legends of Irish folklore, the mythical dragons of old, and the magic of a land and people long ago.
Heather Edgar is a participating artist at Gallery Celtica and other art venues in the downtown arts community.  Benjamin Gill is an associate artist at Gallery Celtica and also shows extensively.  He is also the author of the Dark Harlequin series of novels.
Ira Hayden is the owner of Gallery Celtica and art coordinator at the Irish Cultural Center.  Ira has been creating art and worked in various fields of art from cartooning, illustrating, framing, restoration, mask making, and fine art painting and sculpting.  The exhibit also reflects the strong Irish heritage of these three artists.  Other works of art by these three artists is always on display at Gallery Celtica a few blocks away from the Irish Cultural Center.

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