This is a re-post from the Pre-Covid days of 2019. But the festival will be back (fingers crossed) this September
The Kansas City Irish Festival is the town’s biggest party, I have the pictures to prove it.
Each Labor day KC turns its fountains green closes down several blocks to traffic and lets the Music, whiskey, and Kilts flow free. The Festival features both traditional and Celt-rock performers as well as comedy, theatre and even a Gaelic Mass and full-on Irish Breakfast on Sunday. This is the 15th year for the festival which merged from two smaller neighborhood Irish festivals. This year a crowd of over 100,000 visited the festival over the course of the three day weekend.
Another band that I had never seen before but really impressed me were The Red Hot Chili Pipers. The played a lot of classic Rock songs with a chorus of bagpipes which blended seamlessly.
The festival has four smaller stages, a comedy stage, and mainstage. Usually, the stages all had something going on simultaneously so there was always plenty to enjoy.
There was also plenty of food and drink to be had in both traditional Irish as well as food from all over the world.
Some random shots from the festival
The Elders will definitely be missed but the festival lives on. I have a year to Kilt shop. I plan on wearing my cowboy hat and Kilt and celebrate my Irish heritage and the Celtic Cowtown I have grown to love.