2014 Monserrat St. Patrick's Day Festival
BRADES, Montserrat -- With the distinction of being the only nation outside of Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, the island of Montserrat comes alive with Caribbean flair for the annual event. Showcasing a unique mix of Irish and African heritage, the week-long festival will take place at various locations throughout the island.
This year’s schedule of events includes a Freedom Hike, a Kite Festival at Blake’s Football Field and the annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner. The celebrations continue with a church service followed by a performing arts presentation by a dance troupe from India at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. Residents and locals will be treated to an arts and craft exhibition as well as a cultural performance by the Emerald Community Singers Irish Cabaret at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on March 15.
Cultural presentations resume on the eve of St Patrick’s Day with the Penny Concert for Senior Citizens at the Lookout Community Centre. The highlight of the week takes place on March 17 with festivities that include a Freedom Run/Walk, Heritage Day Feast where traditional local food will be on sale, along with a revival of traditional games, story telling and performances by masked street dancers in traditional costumes and Ole Time Bingo, held at Festival Village.
Monserrat St. Patrick's Day Festival