Celtic Festival in Louisiana

by Megan Kelly

Many modern people continue to have a historical and cultural interest in the ancient Celtic traditions. The Celts are believed to have come from six small nations in modern-day Europe: Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Cornwall. Celtic heritage is celebrated yearly in northeast Louisiana at the Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival. At this festival, you can spend a day learning about Celtic heritage while enjoying traditional Celtic dance, music and food.

Mission

The Northeast Louisiana Celtic festival is held every year in Monroe, La., usually in October. The festival aims to promote awareness and appreciation of the Celtic heritage that is native to Northeast Louisiana by hosting events and performances by Celtic musicians and performers. The festival also include storytelling, workshops to learn the Celtic language, history, dance and traditional Celtic food.

History

The Celtic festival of Northeast Louisiana started in 2005 as a benefit event for the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Gardens by the Enoch "Doyle" Jeter family, which owns and runs Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, where live music can be heard on a regular basis. The festival has been held at the Zoological Gardens, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center and Forsythe Park.

Accommodations

Admission to the Celtic festival is free as of 2010 and is open to the public. This event is planned with children in mind and can be enjoyed by old and young alike. At Forsythe park offers free, off-street parking and the event is wheelchair and stroller accessible. You are allowed to bring your dog and you can also take pictures.

Monroe, Louisiana

When visiting Monroe for the Celtic festival, you can also see several other attractions in the area while you're not at the festival. Take a trip to the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge for a day-trip to see native Louisiana wildlife. You can also take a trip to downtown Monroe for an enjoyable meal with friends and family.

About the Author

Megan Kelly started writing professionally in 2007 when she was published in the anthology, "Lit Kids: Mama Bird and the Electric Rabbit" through Mill City Press. She is also a submissions reviewer and grant writer for "Spout Press," an independent magazine in Minneapolis. Kelly is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Minnesota.