Shamrocks, kilts and the color green adored the land of Greenmead Historical Park for the 7th annual Motor City Irish Festival. Thousands of families and friends of Irish and non-Irish heritage came out to the event to enjoy the dancing, the music and good food. This was the very first year that the festival was held at the grounds of Greenmead. With the large land that the park offers it gave festival goers the ample amount of space that they needed to have a great time.

The three-day weekend had activities for both adults and children. Families were invited to check out the kid’s tent that had face-painting, amour shield decorating and bounce houses. Adults had the opportunity to browse the various vendors which offered anything from green Irish t-shirts to handcrafted engraved signs. When we asked people what their favorite part of the event was, most said that they come back each year for the great food. Attendees enjoyed fish and chips, grilled hot dogs and many different barbeque options from a food truck on site.

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Through the course of the weekend several bands graced the two performance stages and also local dance schools danced the night away performing Irish dances. Ring of Steel, a traveling action theatre and stunt group was on site to teach fencing and also showing off some of their skills acrobatically.

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“If you like good music, good food then come out with family and friends, there’s stuff for kids as well,” said Karen P. who has been coming to the festival for five years and was excited for the new location this year.

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The CW50 Street Team had a great time watching the Irish Dancers and listening to the great music, we can’t wait to check out next year’s Motor City Irish Festival!