Celebrate the luck of the Irish next week at three area festivals.
▪ Festivities kick off Thursday with the 8th annual St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival, 4:30-9:30 p.m. in Rock Hill’s Old Town district.
A lone bagpiper will open the festival to feature live Irish/Celtic music from the Federal Clan Kings and Carolina Ceili, an Irish/Celtic folk band from Asheville, N.C.
Irish dancers from two of the best dance schools in the Southeast, Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and Rince na h’ Eireann Dance School of Traditional Irish Dance, will perform.
There will be more than 25 Irish/Celtic and other arts and crafts vendors, a large amusement area for children, and plenty of food and beverages. Admission is free.
The complete entertainment schedule can be found on www.onlyinoldtown.com.
In Clover, the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19 on Main Street downtown.
The event, hosted by the town of Clover, features the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run/Walk for YMCA’s special needs programs. There’s a dog show with awards for best-dressed in Irish costume for people and dogs.
Lauren Light will provide live entertainment. There will be food vendors, amusement rides and a kids’ zone. Admission is free. Register for contests and events online at cloversc.org.
▪ In Fort Mill, The 10th Annual Baxter Village Spring Fling Festival and St. Patrick’s Parade will be 2-6 p.m. March 19 on Market Street. The parade, 5-5:30 p.m., is open to any local resident, organization or business.
The parade features the Carolina Panthers Percussion Band, Fort Mill High School Jazz Band, Carolina Panthers mascot Sir Purr, Irish dancers, bagpipers, the Oasis Shriners’ Dune Cats, Oasis Shriners’ Steel Drum Band, law enforcement and fire department personnel, dozens of floats, decorated vehicles and golf carts, walking units and lots more.
To participate, be in the north lot of the Baxter Village YMCA by 4:30 p.m. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.