Iowa’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Kelly’s adds Friday events, second tent, VIP package; expects more than 15,000 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
DAVENPORT, IOWA — Kelly’s Irish Pub and Eatery, located at 2222 E. 53rd, Avenue, Davenport, IA, since 2004, will host its eighth annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Friday March 16, and Saturday, March 17.
The weekend’s festivities will kick off with a concert Friday night, featuring CMT’s The Singing Bee star Beau Davidson. Then Saturday, the doors open at six o’clock in the morning, where over one ton of corned beef and two hundred kegs of beer will be served alongside all-day entertainment. Kelly’s has established what it believes to be the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Iowa.
Friday’s St. Pat’s Weekend Kickoff concert, with tickets being sold in advance at Kelly’s for $8, or the day of the show for $10, will also include Irish Dancers and three local opening acts before Nashville recording artist and CMT star Beau Davidson takes the stage.
Saturday, the main celebration gets started at 6:00am, and to fit the annual Skydiving Leprechauns, the Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers, a magician, a juggler, and live music (complete lineup below], Kelly’s has added a second tent, for a total of 11,000 square feet of heated tent space. The added space will allow Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival to include games, and TVs for NCAA Basketball Tournament viewing, as well as a VIP Package that includes a raised area, limited to 100 VIPs, with VIP snacks, a gift bag, and special services. 2012 will also find the return of Mississippi River Distilling Company’s River Baron Vodka – made in LeClaire, Iowa. This locally produced small-batch vodka will be featured in a Kelly’s Irish Pub & Eatery Signature Drink called the “Flying Leprechaun.”
Owner Dan Kelly says, “Partnering with local businesses and organizations is important to our goal of making this a community event. We expect this celebration to continue to grow and be a fun, safe, friendly event, and those partnerships serve to enhance that goal. Partners include this year’s stage sponsors, Wieblers’ Harley Davdison, as well as the River Cities’ Reader, Knilan’s Furniture and Radon Solutions. All of Kelly’s partners, along with, Per Mar, sponsor of Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers at Kelly’s help keep admission free for this annual celebration.”
In that same spirit of community, and to continue an eight year tradition of safe, fun St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Kelly’s will be offering a shuttle service to make sure people get home safely. Details can be found posted at either end of the tent on Saturday.
Great food has always been great tradition at Kelly’s and in less than twenty four hours, the Kelly’s team will serve up over two thousand pounds of slow-cooked corned beef, either as a sandwich or as a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with roasted red potatoes.
The event has consistently been growing since 2005 and Kelly’s owner Dan Kelly says he is expecting more than 15,000 attendees. “There is no fee for admission Saturday, with plenty of nearby parking.” Says Kelly, “We are seeing folks coming in from Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City. It’s become a regional draw to the Quad Cities.”
Event Schedule – Live Entertainment in the tent on the Wieblers Harley Davidson Stage:
Friday in the tent
Tickets for Friday $8 in advance (available at Kelly’s)/$10 at the door
4:00pm Tent Opens
5:00pm Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
6:00pm Superfly Samurai
7:15pm North of 40
8:45pm Corey Booth Project
10:15pm Beau Davidson
Saturday Mainstage entertainment (FREE admission Saturday)
6:00am Doors open
11:00am Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
11:45am Bagpiper Rich Watt
1:00pm Acoustic music by Jason Carl
2:15pm Myers Brothers
4:00pm Mullane Healy Godley Irish Dancers
5:00pm bagpiper Rich Watt
5:10pm Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls
9:00pm Third Rail
Other Saturday entertainment
11:00am Rock 104 Dave & Darren
1:00pm Dean Franzen
2:00pm Magician Mark Yeager
4:00pm Skydiving Leprechauns (weather dependent)
Note: Live entertainment start times are an estimate only and subject to change. The Skydiving Leprechauns will not jump if weather conditions are not optimal.
About Kelly’s: Opened in 2004, Kelly’s has always been proud of its tradition of great food and great service by a friendly staff in a comfortable atmosphere. With a diverse menu ranging from burgers and pub food to salmon and salads, fried items are hand battered and breaded to order, queso dip and soups are made from scratch, in-house. With 12 flat-screen TV’s and a 106-inch big screen, this Irish pub is perfect for watching all the sports action in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Like everyone says: “Kelly’s IS Patrick’s Day!”