Enjoy Cultural Diversity at the Irish-Italian Festival in North Myrtle Beach this Weekend

I may not have many aunts, uncles, cousins, or other family members to be a part of my daily life, but I never miss an opportunity to join my dear Irish and Italian friends for a pint of green beer and  a lot of good cheer. Both Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans have an enormous sense of pride associated with their heritage, visible even in a small beach town like North Myrtle Beach.

There may be a nip in the air and some color in the maple trees while we say good bye to the summer, but we switch from fun to more fun after Labor Day in North Myrtle Beach. Following the tradition started 11 years ago, the City of North Myrtle Beach puts together another ambitious Irish Italian Festival. Downtown Main Street running, into Ocean Drive, will fill up once again with more than 15,000 merry people on Sept. 27. Visitors and residents will be ready to celebrate the joyful mixture of cultures with street performers, arts and crafts vendors, and dance groups.
Irish-Italian Festival - Dance
Image courtesy of Bill Burris
Two stages of live entertainment will be set up on Main Street. The Irish stage will be at a very strategic location, right in front of  Flynn's Irish Tavern; while the Italian stage will be placed near the junction of Main Street and Hillside Drive.

North Myrtle Beach is, by definition, a family-friendly beach town—so, be sure to  bring the children with you. A dedicated children's area will include  street magicians, balloon art, inflatables, and face painting.

My wife and I are anxious to taste the food from the local restaurants, including, but not limited to, the spicy grilled sausages, pasta, and pizza. Nothing bad can ever come out of a competition between restaurants , each trying hard to win the title for the best entrée, best decorated, and best dessert.

If you think you have what it takes, you may enter into Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana. First to clear his or her plate (without using  hands, of course) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque.
Irish-Italian Eating Contest
Image courtesy of The City of North Myrtle Beach - Parks and Recreation
The festival continues with much celebration around  the Irish and Italian gifts of music, food and culture. Come down to Main Street this Saturday for the North Myrtle Beach Irish-Italian Festival. Make sure to bring a lawn chair and a beach blanket with you to sit and enjoy the shows. For more details, visit the City of North Myrtle Beach website.