Dublin Irish Festival Debuts Dancing Irish Puppets at City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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  • The Dublin Irish Festival is displaying its Irish attitude in a larger-than-life way in celebration of the Festival’s 30th Anniversary Aug. 4, 5 & 6, 2017.
  • This year, the tradition of Irish dance will go from on the stage to above the streets with the introduction of two, 15-foot, custom-created Irish dancing puppets who will make their debut at the City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 18.
  • These show-stopping sculptural puppet designs were inspired by the traditional Japanese puppet theater known as bunraku.
  • Throughout the design process, a hard-working team of local and national artists, choreographers, puppet-masters and Irish dance instructors collaborated to create these towering figures, which are designed to perform authentic Irish dance steps on a grandiose scale.
  • The puppets will debut at the City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade during the Inflation Celebration. In addition, they will be prominently featured both on-stage and throughout Coffman Park during the 30th Anniversary of the Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 4, 5 & 6, 2017.
  • For more information on the City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, visit,
  • For more information on the 2017 Dublin Irish Festival, visit or contact Events Administration at 614.410.4545.

The fusion of artistic talent that culminated in the creation of these one-of-a-kind Irish dance puppets emphasizes the Dublin Irish Festival’s goal to showcase the rich cultural diversity of Ireland through new and authentic experiences at the Festival year after year.

Trish Lackey - Event Administrator, City of Dublin

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Mary Jo DiSalvo
Event Administrator
City of Dublin
Phone: 614.410.4507

Sara O’Malley
Event Specialist
City of Dublin
Phone: 614.410.4518