Don Your Green for Uptown Greenville’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival!

March 6, 2015

Greenville’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will kick off Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m. along Evans Street inUptown Greenville.

The festivities begin with Uptown Greenville’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which will go live at 3 p.m. at the Five Points Plaza, located at the corner of 5th and Evans Street. The event will include live music, a grog garden, food offerings, face painting, and a balloon making.

Greenville, NC’s Fire and Rescue team will be onsite with a fire truck! Join Uptown Greenville in showing appreciation to our local fire and rescue personnel with a meet and greet and fun fire and rescue games and activities.

The Bill Redding and Friends band will kick-off the music portion of the festival at 3:00 p.m. with a fun array of Celtic songs featuring instrumentation from a hammered dulcimer, guitar, bodhran, viola, bass and vocals from the four-man group.

“We look forward to playing these beautiful, rousing, bawdy, poignant, and funny songs which add so much to the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration,” said Bill Redding, the band’s leader and guitarist.

At 4:00 p.m., the Ancient Order of Hibernians will present the third annual Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will travel along Evans Street in Uptown Greenville starting at 8th Street and concluding at Third Street.

At 4:30pm, the party will continue at Five Points Plaza as festivalgoers will get to hear from the event’s headlining band—The Lonely Biscuits, a funk-pop-rock fusion group out of Nashville, Tennessee. The band has been together since September of 2011 and was formed when founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were randomly assigned roommates at Belmont University; the two started jamming and making music out of their dorm room and haven’t stopped since.

The Lonely Biscuits have toured the country playing at universities, festivals, and clubs, gaining dedicated fans everywhere they go. The band was recently named MTVu’s first ever “College Artist of The Year,” and they traveled to Austin, TX to perform at the Woodies Festival at SXSW. They have also played at Hangout Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. In the summer of 2014, The Lonely Biscuits played their first headlining tour and are currently on the road with Moon Taxi.

“We are so excited to come play in Greenville on March 14th,” said Sam Gidley, the band’s drummer. “It will be our first time playing in Greenville and we can’t wait to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with the rest of the city.”

The whole community is invited to come out to Five Points Plaza to enjoy the festivities and the parade. Attendees are encouraged to don their green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.

The community is also invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting Celebration and Clock Tower Dedication for the Fourth Street Parking Garage and Plaza, hosted by the City of Greenville on Saturday, March 14 at 2:30pm at 120 East Fourth Street. Come out to celebrate Greenville’s first public parking garage!

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is organized by Uptown Greenville and supported by the following sponsors: Guinness, Greenville, N.C Fire & Rescue, Miller Lite, The Daily Reflector, and Greenville Times.

A complete line-up of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 14 is as follows:

2:30pm – Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Fourth Street Parking Garage
3:00pm – Celtic Music from Bill Redding & Friends, Five Points Plaza
4:00pm – Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Evans Street
4:30-6pm – The Lonely Biscuits, Five Points Plaza

Contact uptowngreenville.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/1389130208060500/ for more information. Contact Bill Heafy atwilliamheafy@hotmail.com for entry in the parade.

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