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The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation created to contribute to the rich cultural awareness of Irish history and tradition that exists in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. In addition to our three-day festival, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival has expanded into a year-round resource for education and cultural programs through the creation of the Irish Education Outreach Program. The Program’s primary objective is to create a higher awareness of the ethnic richness and significance of the Irish and Irish-American culture and presence, from both a historic and contemporary perspective.
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Inc. celebrates the Irish experience in America. Our "Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Festival" has become a springboard for a new cultural awakening of all things Celtic in Western Pennsylvania. The beauty of Irish dance, music, and literature bridges many borders. Our desire is to build upon a strong cultural foundation and expand the wealth of talented artisans, both domestic and foreign, available to our audience. Currently, our Cultural Area presents weavers, Irish historians, lace makers, storytellers, Gaelic symbol drawing, and harp and whistle demonstrations, and along side with our Children’s Area, represents our commitment to providing entertaining and educational interaction for families.
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival draws over 25,000 visitors for our weekend gathering. No other regional Irish event offers the large-scale diversity and cultural opportunities that we regularly provide. This puts us in a unique position to bring to Pittsburgh a group of cultural craftpersons and artisans that might otherwise never be seen in the area. With our organization growing, we’re one step closer to fulfilling our mission statement of "contributing to the rich cultural expression of Irish history and tradition that exists in Pittsburgh." Past audience support has been strong; people in Pittsburgh are rightfully proud and curious about their heritage.
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