Downtown Disney Pleasure Island and Raglan Road to Hold ‘Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival’ March 8-10 and March 14-17

Downtown Disney will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013, with a party on Pleasure Island, with Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant acting as the epicenter for this two-weekend party.

raglanroad-stpatfestIt stars the weekend of March 8-10. From 6pm to 11pm, The Willis Clan, which merges Irish roots with other music genres, will perform at Raglan Road. Nova Celtic, with its own twist on popular Irish music, will appear on a nearby outdoor stage.

Then, the following weekend, from March 14-17, things kick into high gear with the “Mighty Festival” for St. Patrick’s Day.

It begins Thursday and Friday (March 14 & 15) from 6pm to 1am, and continues Saturday and Sunday from noon until 1am.

During these hours, Ragland Road will have a mighty selection of beers, food by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, face painting, stiltwalkers and St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.

Highlights of the celebration across Pleasure Island will include:

  • Performances by The Willis Clan, Girsa, Three Dollar Band, Nova Celtic, The Farrell Bros., Celtic Wave, Johnny & Justin, Wyndbreakers, Albannach, and Raglan Road house band Creel. World famous U2 tribute band Elevation will also be playing Saturday and Sunday.
  • Renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack, of the original Riverdance cast, leading Irish Dance Workshops Friday through Sunday and distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson, leading Irish Music Workshops.
  • The Raglan Road Dancers, seven full-time champion dancers, performing daily.
  • “The Electric Ceili,” (kay-lee) Sunday evening, bringing together a host of Irish musicians and dancers.

At Raglan Road, there will be a cover charge of $5 on Saturday, and $10 on Sunday, for guests 18 and over. It will be a first come, first served basis. Raglan Road reservations can be booked on March 14 and 15 by calling 407-938-0300.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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