Titled ‘‘Shades of Green’’, the program will feature performers from across America and Ireland, as well as more than a dozen exceptional Irish-Americans, who will reflect on the community’s history and traditions as well as the resilience we have shown in response to COVID-19. Alongside a special St Patrick’s Day message from Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the evening will include a poetic tribute to President Biden and a commemoration of those our community has lost over the past year.
Amongst the artists contributing to the celebration are Rosanne Cash, Eimear Noone, We Banjo 3, Kíla, Aoife O’Donovan, Jerron ‘‘Blind Boy’’ Paxton, Nora Brown with Megan Downes, Morgan Bullock, Gregory Harrington, Danielle Enblom, Aedin Moloney, Patrick Dexter and the Arturo O’Farrill Quartet.
Announcing the event, Ambassador Mulhall said: ‘‘Nowhere in the world celebrates St Patrick’s Day like America. This year, because of COVID, there may be no large parades down Fifth Avenue or green rivers through Chicago. But while we can’t gather in person, we can come together as a community. We’ve arranged this program on 17 March to celebrate Irish-America in all its many vibrant shades. And we want to invite the widest possible audience to join us for the occasion.’’
Shades of Green has been developed in partnership with a range of Irish community organisations, including the Association of Irish & Celtic Festival; Irish Arts Center in New York; Irish Network USA; the Network of Irish Cultural Centers of North America; and the New York Irish Center, as well as Culture Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Shades of Green is produced and directed by Jeremy Handelman, Off the Leash Productions.
The program will be broadcast on www.ireland.ie/usa from 7.30PM Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday 17 March. This webpage will go live a few days before the event. To register your attendance and for further information, please sign up via Eventbrite. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .