Get your inexperienced on for the private return of the Pittsburgh Irish Pageant

Irish eyes will smile at this news.

The 30th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival is planned as a face-to-face event. The return was announced on Tuesday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

“We try to be creative,” said Mairin Petrone, the festival’s director. “Our motto is, ‘Irish eyes will still smile over the face mask. ‘You can see in someone’s eyes if they’re smiling. ”

She’s definitely happy to be able to talk about the three day event, which is due to take place September 10-12 at the Lots of Sandcastle in West Homestead. The annual meeting promotes Irish culture through music, dance, food and education.

The festival was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Courtesy of Mairin Petrone

Irish stew

The arrangements are preliminary, said Petrone. She will continue to evaluate the schedule and logistics over the next few months.

In the announcement made by Governor Tom Wolf on Monday, the occupancy limits for outdoor events were set at 50% of the maximum occupancy, regardless of the size of the venue.

Petrone said the room in Sandcastle is large enough for guests to safely distance themselves. She said they would monitor the number of people.

There will be no timed ticketing but it is best to buy tickets here in advance. Refunds will be given in the event of a cancellation due to the pandemic.

“I am grateful every day to be part of such a phenomenal and longstanding organization,” said Petrone. “The founders – sisters Maura and Nan Krushinski with the support of Tom Petrone – have set up a foundation. People want to come to this event every year. ”

She said they will have archive footage and photos from the past 29 years. Petrone, a native of Squirrel Hill, said generations of families are present.

“This year’s festival brings us 30 years of friendship, love and loyalty,” said Petrone. “Things may be a little different, but the Irish are resilient and adaptable and will return stronger than ever.”

The entertainers include Gaelic Storm and Screaming Orphans. The menu includes Irish stew, bread pudding, shepherd cake and fish and chips.

Organizers also examine virtual components. Petrone has applied for a grant to fund the recording of the event so that it can be viewed free of charge.

Musical performance seating is 6 feet apart. There will be VIP rooms closer to the stage.

The signs say, “Keep six goblins away from each other.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062,, or on Twitter.

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