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Celtic Festival  

Oct/16/2010 - Oct/16/2010
Location: Forsythe Park, Monroe La.

The 2010 Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival will be held Saturday October 16th at Forsythe Park in Monroe, La. from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Admission will be FREE!

In addition to many regional highlights, locals and visitors will enjoy performances by renowned Celtic musicians and storytellers; workshops on Celtic language, instruments and history; Irish dance and children’s stages; Celtic wares vendors and craft exhibitors; food and beverage, and much more.

The festival is the culmination of work done by the Enoch “Doyle” Jeter family, who showcase all types of music at Enoch's Irish Pub & Cafe in Monroe. The annual festival was begun in October of 2005 as a benefit event for the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Gardens. It moved to the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe for ’08 and ’09, and is now held at Forsythe Park on the banks of the beautiful Ouachita River. It is a volunteer effort, visitor- and family-friendly, and enjoys amazing community support and involvement.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the local Humane Society Adoption Center, which will also be drawing that day for a George Rodrigue Blue Dog print, inspired by Hurricane Katrina and signed by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. Raffle tickets are only $10 and are available at the adoption center leading up to October 16th or at the festival itself.

This year’s musical headliners are The Mickey Finns out of Brooklyn, New York, former members of Irish rock legends The Prodigals and much sought-after on the Celtic festival circuit. Fest-favorite Máirtín de Cógáin, an All-Ireland Storytelling Champion twice over, will be returning for the 4th year in a row with a new musical project, including friends in Legacy Irish Band. Local Blues Hall of Famer Doug Duffey will host an All-Star Blues Reviue made up of regional talent. Celtic music will meet Cajun, as played by the band Celjun out of Lafayette. Finally, don’t miss the Jackson Irish Dancers, Red River Pipes and Drums, and Gaelic speaker James Flanagan on the workshops’ and children’s stages.

This year’s sponsors and presenters: TechSafari, Prodapt, ProgressiveIT, Forsythe Solutions, Cross Keys Bank, Johnny’s Pizza, Matt’s Music, Marsala Beverage Co., Choice Brands Inc., Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sir Speedy, Ads Plus, The Atrium Hotel, The Law Firm of Creed & Creed, Sol’s Pip & Steel, Friends of Bernard McKenzie, KEDM 90.3 FM, Louisiana Road Trips Magazine, Garden District Neighborhood Alliance, Friends of Black Bayou, The Hill 100.9 FM, Bayou Internet, Coldwell Banker Group One Realty, NELA Start! Heart Walk, ULM Visual and Performing Arts, the Cities of Monroe and West Monroe, Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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Contact: Celtic Festival
Phone: 318-388-3662

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