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St. Patrick’s Day!

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these fun, St. Patrick’s Day-themed events in town!

Irish-American Autobiography with James Rogers
Wednesday, March 8 | 7pm
McLean County Museum of History

The Museum is pleased to welcome back James Rogers, director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies and editor of New Hibernia Review: A Quarterly Record of Irish Studies. Rogers will present a program on his new book, Irish-American Autobiography: The Divided Hearts of Athletes, Priests, Pilgrims, and More, which examines the question as to whether or not there is a distinct Irish identity in America.

Sharin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March | 1-3pm
Uptown Normal

Sponsored by the Mclean County Irish Heritage Society, WJBC, Easter Seals, and Uptown Normal, this annual tradition is a great way to show your Irish spirit and “share some green” with Easter Seals, a wonderful organization that helps provide services to children with disabilities. 

The Young Irelanders
Thursday, March 16 | 7:30pm
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.

St. Paddy’s Skate
Friday, March 17 | 7:30-9pm
Pepsi Ice Center

Come skate to Irish tunes, enjoy specialty treats and enroll in our best dressed leprechaun contest! Wear green to receive $1.00 off admission

Upstairs/Downstairs at Bloomington’s Downton Abbey
Saturday, March 18 | 9am-4pm
David Davis Mansion

This family friendly event offers a hands-on experience for children and adults. Costumed storytellers will portray Irish servants who worked for the David Davis family in their 1870s Victorian mansion.  Visitors may talk with the servants as they rush to complete their chores on a typically busy St. Patrick’s Day, and then hear what the Davis family members have to say about their efforts.

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