St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival 2013

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a festive start to a weekend celebration of Celtic heritage here on the first coast.  We walked through the gates at the perfect time… Albannach was rocking the stage with their signature drum-heavy, pipe laden, makes-even-the-clones-dance music!

Albannach rocks Celtic music at the St Augustine Celtic Festival.

I imagine it’s a lot easier for the athletes to compete in highland games with Albannach’s music setting the tone.  This was my first time watching highland games & I loved it!!  I vote we do away with football and instead watch men in kilts throw massive rocks, axes, and weighted bales of hay across the field.  It sounds like I’m being sarcastic- but it was really fascinating!!

Guess this Scot knew enough to wear shorts under his kilt on a windy day. #wiseman

I heard women competed too, I just didn’t see them.  Do gals wear kilts, too?

We watched an experienced athlete coach local newbies through a throw-a-bale-of-hay-over-a pole-with-a-pitchfork contest.  Each time they made it through the line, the pole would be raised higher.  Think of reverse limbo with a pitchfork.  A 15 year old competed beside men his father’s and grandfather’s ages.  It was fun watching the community come together & share this experience.

My favorite part of the festival was watching the Highland Games.

Another community inclusive sport we learned about is Petanque {similar to bocce}.  While the pitchforks have been put away until next year’s festival, you may see our local Petanque club playing on the green in front of Ann O’Malley’s.  I may ask if I can try my hand at it next time!

Families milled around the festival Saturday & Sunday.  We toured RVs, tried new foods {but no kidney pie, thank you very much!} and met local celebrities- you know, pirates and clones and the like.

Meet the leprechaun clone. He traded in his laser blaster for a pot o' gold!
I was Captain for a moment aboard the Pirate Museum's pirate ship float!

Watching the athletes & listening to some great Celtic music made for a sweet afternoon date with my hubby.  I’m looking forward to next year’s fest!  See ya there!


  1. Kelly Driscoll says

    Albannach really puts on a great show… I first saw them down at the Gainesville medieval faire. My best friend and I have been coming to see them at the Celtic festival ever since! We love this festival; the music, the food, and my 10 year old niece loves their kid’s area.

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