‘Shamrock and Roll’ brings St Patrick’s Day music and dancing to Bethlehem

Written by on March 5, 2021

‘Shamrock and Roll’ brings St Patrick’s Day music and dancing to Bethlehem

By Hayden Mitman

March 5, 2021

Photo courtesy of the SouthSide Arts District website.

For the second year in a row, the pandemic has caused both Allentown and Bethlehem to cancel their annual St. Patrick’s Day parades. But a free Irish music event on March 5 could scratch that shamrock-shaped itch. 

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The “Shamrock and Roll,” full of Irish music performances, was set up as a walking tour through the streets of Bethlehem. But it will also feature performers at a number of venues. 

Attendees will be welcome to walk to watch free performances. Masking and social distancing are encouraged.

Missy Hartney, downtown manager at the SouthSide Arts District organized the night’s event.

“It certainly, you know, was an idea that stemmed off of the fact that the parade is canceled, to make sure we are filling that void,” Hartney says.    

But, with free shows set up a walkable distance apart, it could still be considered something of a parade. 

 ”Yes!” Hartney says, “The community will be parading downtown.”   

Irish bands and dancers will perform outdoors and inside some venues. It’s part of the district’s regular First Friday events to support the local economy. 

“Just over the last couple of months, we’ve tried to figure out, you know, shopping local and coming downtown but in a way that is safe,” Hartney says.  

“Shamrock and Roll” attendees are asked to wear masks and stay six feet apart.

The event will also host a book drive to support the Cops and Kids Literacy Program

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