Raise a Guinness and do a jig. The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati is hosting the afterparty following the city’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade since the pandemic.
Housed in the old McKinley School building in Columbia Tusculum, the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati (IHC) opens its doors at 3 p.m. March 12 for authentic Irish merrymaking to continue into the night.
The party doesn’t stop until 10 p.m. and is filled with “Irish food, music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, genealogy, and storytelling,” according to a press release.
Grab a perfectly poured pint at the in-house Thatched Roof Irish Pub and enjoy performances from The Bonnies, The McKenna Sisters, The McGing Irish Dancers, The Friendly Sons of St Patrick Men’s Glee Club, The Erickson Irish Dancers, The Emerald Creek Trio and Mick and Mai – The Celtic Font, with a final concert from SchrimShaw to close out the evening.
Cincinnati bagpiper Gerry Kelly Fritsch will bring the sounds of Ireland to the IHC through hallway performances.
You may get lucky and catch a selfie with St. Patrick himself, who is rumored to be walking the halls of the afterparty.
Founded in 2009, the Irish Heritage Center’s mission is to promote the culture and traditions of Irish Americans through the values of “community, camaraderie and merriment, so it warmly welcomes people of all faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” per the press release.
Admission to the event is free and the IHC doesn’t require attendees to be Irish — the only requirement is being open to having a good time.
3-10 p.m. March 12. Free. The Irish Heritage Center is located at 3905 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum. Find out more information at irishcenterofcincinnati.com.
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