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Nassau Irish Festival to be held at Nickerson Beach for 3rd year.
The Irish Festival & Feis (pronounced fesh) is run by the Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernians each year to promote Irish arts, Culture and History.
Entry is a $10.00 donation for adults, this includes parking and entry to see all the competitions.
Entry is FREE for the children 15 and younger yes they get get free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Bring your lunch with enough food and drink, relax in the shade and enjoy the various competitions. The sheer energy of the step-dancers is intoxicating many visitors just come to see them being judged to move on to championships. More than 30 from last year’s FEIS moved on to State and National Competition and 9 went to International levels.
There will be 400 Irish dancers being professionally judged as well as Bag piping, Irish Music, Language and baking, an art & drawing contest with a Mass Pipe bands. The Festival draws vendors with their Irish jewelry, clothing and varoius wares.
The Festival is Sunday September 17th from 9am to 6 pm at Nickerson beach 880 Lido Blvd. in the town of Lido.
Bring a -“Picnic Lunch”- find a shady spot, camp and make a day of it.
The park has their own concession food available, but feel free to bring your Blanket, Food, Drink and whatever else your family needs to for a great day out. The field does not allow any pets on the property or grills.
The exhibits will include Solo Irish Dancing, amateur and championship dancing levels. Figure Dancing, Adult Dancing, Solo Piping and Drumming, Pipe Bands, Irish Traditional Singing, Irish Soda Bread (brown and white) Dancing and Bagpipe Competitions are professionally judged .
(Anyone can enter the baking contest or art contest for free on the day of the show. look at the Syllabus on the web site.),
Further entertainment includes special guests performing an afternoon concert, all included in the $10 admission for the day.
Other attractions at various times are march of the Massed Pipe Bands, Irish Entertainment, Irish Storytelling and Language, wares for sale, exhibition Irish football skills (Cul Camp) and some Children’s Games. As it is Sunday there is a Catholic Mass celebrated at 11:00am.
As the competitions wind down and judged ends come sit and enjoy the afternoon closing concert.
But the day centers on original Irish traditions, and this, the only OUTDOOR FEIS still being held makes this the top Irish-American Cultural event in the New York Area.
The Step-Dance Competition is a primary feature followed by the Piping judging with pipers from all around come to perform.
The Ancient Order of Hibernian’s (AOH) is the oldest charitable fraternal organization still operating in the USA SINCE 1836.
The Nassau County Feis and Festival run by The NASSAU COUNTY FEIS COMMITTEE CORP. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and run by volunteers organized by the Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernian's once a year.
The 2017 Honoree for the Nassau County Irish Festival will be our own Anthony Santino who has been very active as Town of Hempstead Supervisor.
All the Information can be found on the web at Nassau AOH Feis.com
On the AOH...
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, since 1836, contribute to local and national charities including many veterans causes, youth organizations, scouting, hunger projects and help those less fortunate but also promote all Irish Arts and Culture. Everything from Irish S ports like Hurling and Gaelic Football to supporting Irish Studies programs, scholarships, hosting local events like dances, parades and of course the NYC Saint Patrick's Day Parade.