Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Raglan Road: Party Central for the Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Across Pleasure Island

The party starts March 8, so there’s plenty of time to celebrate the wearin’ of the green for St. Patrick’s Day – officially March 17, but at Raglan Road at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, you’ve got two weekends: March 8-10 and March 14-17.

This is the real deal – a true Irish pub with Dublin roots, 10 top Irish bands, Irish dancers on multiple stages and a satisfying selection of Irish and craft beers, Irish whiskey, cocktails and inventive food. Be authentic and order classics such as Shepherd’s Pie (with Chef Kevin Dundon’s twist), Irish Mist-glazed loin of bacon or Guinness and onion bangers on mash. And we’re happy with the fish and chips from Cooke’s of Dublin counter-service.
Be forewarned, the biggest celebration is March 16-17, when seating is first-come, first-served. (But you can book reservations for March 14 and 15 at 407-938-0300.)

The fun starts from 6-11 p.m. March 8-10 with performances at Raglan Road by The Willis Clan, a family of artists and musicians who merge their Irish roots with other music genres. Nova Celtic, with its own twist on popular Irish music, will appear on a nearby outdoor stage. Beginning March 14 and 15 from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., and continuing March 16 and 17 from noon until 1 a.m., highlights of the celebration across Pleasure Island include:
Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops Friday through Sunday
The Raglan Road Dancers, seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily
Distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson, recent touring musical director of Riverdance, leading Irish Music Workshops
Ceili (kay-lee) traditional music and structured set-dancing event on Saturday, inviting guest participation
“The Electric Ceili,” Sunday evening, bringing together a host of Irish musicians and dancers
Performances by The Willis Clan, Nova Celtic, Girsa, Celtic Wave, Wyndbreakers, Three Dollar Band, Raglan Road house band Creel, Johnny & Justin, and Albannach, with a new approach to percussion and Celtic music
World-famous U2 tribute band Elevation, playing Saturday and Sunday
More than 50 musicians and dancers performing, plus face painting, stilt walkers and giveaways

Access to select entertainment on March 16 will include a $5 cover charge; on March 17, the cover is $10.

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