St. Patrick's Day Activities for Families in Nashville, Tennessee

by Tara West

    Nashville is named Music City for good reason, as music is plentiful during the St. Patrick's Day holiday. From rocking street parties to performances by the Nashville Irish Step Dancers, there are activities for the whole family. Nashville also houses the St. Patrick Catholic Church, dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, and is in close proximity to the City of Erin's annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Celebration.

    St. Patrick's Day comes from Christian roots and pays homage to St. Patrick. St. Patrick didn't really banish all the snakes from Ireland as folklore tells, but he did lead an extraordinary life. St. Patrick was taken prisoner during a raid of his estate at the age of 16. He was taken to Ireland and made a slave for six years until he escaped and started religious training. He later returned to Ireland as a priest to help convert the Irish to Christianity. The Nashville St. Patrick Catholic Church was founded in 1880s when Nashville Diocese Bishop Joseph Rademacher decided there was a need for a parish on Nashville’s south side. During this time, the Catholics in the area were predominately Irish, so the bishop decided to name the church after the patron saint of Ireland -- St. Patrick. Start St. Patrick's Day off with a little bit of history and take a tour of the church.

    This three-day street party features over 24 hours of live music, food, drinks and entertainment. The concerts are open to people of all ages and feature both country and rock music, so there is something for everyone. With green beer for the adults and plenty of Irish-inspired food options for the children, this is the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration in Nashville.

    The Nashville Irish Step Dancers troupe consists of over 100 members. The troupe performs year-round at venues such as the Grand Ole Opry and Nashville Symphony Orchestra. However, its key performances take place across Nashville during the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The troupe can be found performing in various venues, festivals and even on the streets during St. Patrick's Day. With lively music and dancing, children and adults will enjoy the show.

    The City of Erin is only an hour's drive from Nashville and boasts a town-wide St. Patrick's Day celebration. The Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Celebration features a Leprechaun Parade that includes the Shriners, classic cars, civil war re-enactors and a bagpipe band. Once the parade is over, the crowd moves to the Betsy Ligon Park, where there are carnival rides, pageants, civil war re-enactments, pony rides, children's activities and music by the U.S. Navy Band. The City of Erin has a population of 1,500, but during the St. Patrick's Day celebration, the city jumps to around 10,000.

    About the Author

    Writer Tara West specializes in parenting, green living and wellness. She is a regular contributor at SocialMoms.com and has been featured on a variety of websites including a childhood favorite, Reading Rainbow.

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