SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For 14 years, the Syracuse Irish Festival has celebrated the Irish Culture. Hundreds of people gathered in Clinton Square to celebrate some more.
Butler Sheehan Academy Irish Dancer MaryMargaret Spencer "It's really fun, festive. You get to hang out with friends."
There was no shortage of music, food and entertainment. Some of the culture's staples, like corned beef and cabbage, were served up. But there was also some history and the CNY Irish Cultural Society provided some of that to people interested in their ancestry or others just wanting to learn more.
CNY Irish Cultural Society President Lee Baleno said, "Many of our families came during the Great Hunger, the Gorta Mór, in the late 1840s out of Ireland. Just want people to be aware of that and learn about other cultures, too."
Irish dancers from Butler Sheehan Academy had an official performance, but also danced for the crowd.
"It's really fun to watch them enjoy is dancing. Some actually dance along with us," Spencer added.
It's that kind of pride and community spirit that makes this festival what it is each year.
There's much more to see, do and learn Saturday. Visit www.syracuseirishfestival.com.