Kelly's kicks off three day St. Patrick's Day event Friday; expects 20,000 to celebrate in 11,000 sf heated tent Print
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Written by Dan Kelly   
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:51
DAVENPORT, IOWA — Kelly's Irish Pub and Eatery, located at 2222 E. 53rd St., Davenport, IA, since 2004, will host its ninth annual St. Patrick's Day Festival, Friday March 15, Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17.

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The weekend’s festivities kick off Friday at 4:00 p.m. in the big tent, with the Mayer School of Irish Dance, and live music, featuring local acoustic and rock acts. popular Quad City country-rockers, the Dirt Road Rockers will headline up Friday night's show. Also at 7:00 p.m. Friday, the first Quad City Beer Pong Championship will be held with 32 bracketed teams vying for the prize of a Kelly's Party Package.

Saturday, doors open at 6:00 a.m., and the events get started at 7:00 a.m. with a Lucky Charms cereal buffet and continue through the day. To accommodate the Skydiving Leprechauns, the Irish Dancers, a magician, a juggler, games, and 10 hours of live music [complete lineup below], Kelly's has a total of 11,000 square feet of heated tent space. And this year the festivities will include a photo booth, a NASCAR simulator, and TVs in the side tent for college regional conference tournaments and other sporting events. 2013 will also find the return of Mississippi River Distilling Company's River Baron Vodka - made in LeClaire, Iowa. This locally produced small-batch artisan spirit will be featured in a Kelly's Irish Pub & Eatery Signature Drink called the "Skydiving Leprechaun." Kelly's will also be featuring the new Jameson Irish Car Bomb express near the inside bar and a Jameson bar in the west tent, featuring specialty drinks.

In the spirit of community, and to continue a nine year tradition of safe, fun St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Kelly's will be offering a free shuttle service Saturday to make sure people get home safely.

Great food has always been a great tradition at Kelly's and over this year's three-day celebration, 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.

Sunday will feature a brunch buffet, more live music and the Mayer School of Irish Dance.

The event has consistently been growing since 2005 and Kelly's owner Dan Kelly says he is expecting up to 20,000 attendees this year. ”There is no fee for admission, and plenty of nearby parking.” Says Kelly, “In addition to an enthusiastic local following, we are seeing folks coming in from the entire region, from as far away as Milwaukee and St. Louis. It's become a regional draw to the Quad Cities.”

Event Schedule - Live Entertainment:
4:00pm  Doors Open
5:00   Mayer School of Irish Dance
6:00   Acoustic Music - Mike Cochrane
7:00   Beer Pong Tournament
7:15   Superfly Samurai
8:45   Pitchin A Tent
10:15  Dirt Road Rockers

6:00am Doors Open
7:00  Free Lucky Charms Breakfast Buffet
10:00  Irish Spring Giveaway
10:00  Photo Booth Opens
11:00 Irish  Dancers
11:45 Acoustic Music - Chuck Murphy
1:00pm  Acoustic Music - Jason Carl
1:00  Juggler Dean Franzen
2:00  Magician Mark Yeager
2:15  QC Rock Academy Students
3:45  Skydiving Leprechauns
4:00  Mayer School of Irish  Dance
5:00  Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls
6:15  North of 40
7:30  Cosmic
9:00  Third Rail
10:45 Spatterdash

9:30am   Doors open
11:00  Brunch
11:00  Mayer School of Irish  Dance
12:00pm Myers Brothers
1:15   Whoozdads?
2:45   Jim Ryan

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!"

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