This One Small Town In Nebraska Becomes A Little Piece Of Ireland Once A Year
By Delana Lefevers|Published March 06, 2019
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.
Lots of cultures are represented here in Nebraska, and each seems to have its very own festival. None are quite so colorful and festive as the one that happens in O’Neill every March. This little town transforms into a tiny slice of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and you’ll want to see this party for yourself.
Tons of other activities will take place Wednesday-Saturday, with Saturday being the main attraction. That’s the day you’ll see the grand parade, musical performances, Irish dancers, crowning of the St. Patrick’s Day king and queen, and so much more. Get the official schedule of events for 2021 here. Check out this year’s official Facebook page for the festival here.
It’s worth noting that this year’s festival will take place as scheduled after being limited in 2019 due to flooding and canceled in 2020 due to COVID concerns.
Have you ever attended the St. Patrick’s Day festival in O’Neill? Will you be going this year? Tell us what you think in the comments!
While you’re in north-central Nebraska, swing by the Cowboy Trail for one of the most unusual and memorable hikes in the state. Read all about it here.
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