Calling all Lads and Lassies to the NELA Celtic Festival

by Sheila S.

Celtic Festival

The Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival returns for its 10th year to Kiroli Park in Monroe-West Monroe on Saturday, October 4. This festival celebrates the heritage and Celtic roots of our region with music, Celtic food, and the popular Highland Games.

The Celtic Festival brings a full day of variety of entertainment on three stages beginning at 10:30 am. Visitors will enjoy musical performances by Jim Flanagan and Davey Arwine, James Earl Simpson, Kenny Bill Stinson, The Traveling Murphys, and more.

Mairtin de Cogain
Mairtin de Cogain

Storytelling is a traditional art form in the Celtic culture. Mairtin de Cogan, an award winning storyteller, is known for “spinning a good yarn,” and will be performing at 12:30 pm on the Main Stage and at 2:15 pm on the Lodge Stage.

Irish Dancers

The Jackson Irish Dancers will be performing throughout the day and will also join musical acts Emerald Accent and The Pure Drop.

Click HERE for a full schedule of the day’s performances.

Visitors to the Celtic Festival can enjoy the typical festival fare, along with unique items like Scotch eggs, Haggis, Shepherd’s Pie, and Sticky Toffee Pudding, all traditional Celtic foods.

Celtic Fest Highland Games pic
Highland Games Sheaf Toss

And the Highland Games will once again return bringing an exciting air of competition. Some of the world’s strongest men and women will don their kilts and compete in such events as Caber (telephone poles) toss, hammer throw, stone put, and sheaf (weighted hay bag) toss.

The Traveling Murphys
The Traveling Murphys

Leading up to the festival, the Traveling Murphys family band will perform Thursday, October 2 at 6 pm at the Ouachita Valley Public Library. And traditional Celtic Festival sessions are scheduled at Enoch’s Irish Pub on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm.

For more information on the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival, check out their Facebook page or call (318) 325-1961.