In 1963, O.S. Luton and Beverly Price conceived of the idea of a celebration of Erin’s Irish history and traditions. They petitioned the Chamber of Commerce, other local leaders, and interested citizens to help in this endeavor. The focus of this annual event was to be the welfare, progress and promotion of the town and county. The local population went in the venture rather slowly. They liked the idea, but some felt it may be a bit too big for such a small body of citizens. However, the “Wearing of the Green” was a successful event that year and has continued each year to grow in interest and attendance. From the Grand Parade, Leprechauns and banquets to carnival rides, pageants and arts & craft booths, there is something for everyone. Relive the spirit of St. Patrick at one of the top ten celebrations in the United States!
From wee tots to wise old leprechauns, we have something for everyone. We invite you to join us in our celebration of heritage, family and fun! Don’t forget to wear green!
Join us on each year, as we celebrate and be Irish for the Day!!! This celebration is the culmination of week-long festivities. Held in downtown Erin, TN, our parade travels from the Houston County Middle School to the Houston County Community Hospital. A wonderful carnival is set up on Front Street. A plethora of food and craft vendors can be found in the Erin Square, Front Street, Spring Street, and Adkins Street, as well as entertainment on the Square Stage.
Each year the Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce holds a contest to determine the theme for the Irish Day Celebration. Below are recent themes:
2017 “Erin Tennessee is the place to be on Irish Day 2017”
2006 “A Golden Town Filled with Irish Tradition”
2007 “Leprechauns, Shamrocks, and All We Adore… Celebrating Irish Day with Friends Galore!”
2008 “Live Your Dreams, Laugh at All Things and Love the Luck of the Irish”
2009 “Got Green?”
2010 “Unspoiled, Unchanged, Simply Irish”
2011 “Come Hear the Celebration”
2012 “Erin, Where Irish is a Tradition”
2013 “The Emerald Hills of Erin Call the Heart Back Home”
2014 “Luck Dynasty”
2015 “Kickin it Irish Style”
2016 “Get Your Shamrock On”
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