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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ – The 3rd Annual Gloucester City Shamrock Festival is sure to spark excitement along the Delaware River Waterfront today, Saturday as visitors celebrate halfway to St. Patrick's Day.

Sponsored by the Gloucester City Irish Society and the Gloucester City Urban Enterprise Zone, the event takes place at the Gloucester City Marina on King Street where visitors can enjoy a celebration of Irish culture through music, dance, food and live entertainment for all ages.  Other major contributors include

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Coors Light, Guinness & JAMCO Heating & A/C.

Lynn Academy of Irish Dance - To be the premier International Irish dance academy that will strengthen its students' Irish culture through the instruction of Irish dance and to develop a quality and effective dance school where each student can reach his or her potentialThe Lynn Academy of Irish Dancers providing traditional step dance entertainment throughout the day.

As part of the event, shoppers will enjoy an array of Irish merchandise, novelties, and souvenirs, while young children will be entertained by various rides, games and inflatables, provided by St. Mary's School and Parish. 

Additionally, music lovers will surely find delight in the well-known international and local Irish sounds of the following Irish bands:

Black 47 – providing an exceptional Irish form of rock 'n' roll with songs covering topics from the War in Iraq and the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. They currently tour both nationally and throughout Europe.

Birnman Wood – a six member spirited group who give a fresh unique perspective to Irish music while providing high energy performances soaking in rich tradition and the history of the Celtic heritage.

The Broken Shillelaghs -- from Brooklawn, New Jersey, they are a 6-piece Irish musical group featuring acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass, accordion, whistle, and drums who play regularly at local haunts such as Oh! Hara's and Doc & Joe's Tavern in Gloucester City, Casey's On 3rd in North Wildwood, and Harper's Pub in Clementon.

The Misty Dew'rs – a local four member band from Gloucester City providing a wide variety of musical entertainment, from traditional Irish ballads to sing-a-long Irish American tunes to summertime-fun songs and Mummers' melodies - songs the whole family will enjoy!  Having played at various venues in and around Gloucester City in a number of forms since the early 1980's – at wakes or weddings and ev'ry fancy ball - , this group is sure to get your blood a-flowing and your heels a-toein'. 

Paddy's Well - is a music project that came about when 2 men with a common interest in Irish music finally got an opportunity to chat.  Paul Moore and Joe Hughes have been playing Irish folk, traditional and original music for years in and around Philadelphia; Paul with Blackthorn and Joe with Banna.  In 2004 they shared the stage for the first time.  Subsequently joined by talented bassist Frank Reed, Matt Brescia on tin whistle, flute and concertina and Laine Walker on fiddle, Paddy's Well continues to grow in popularity from Philly to the Jersey Shore and festivals to concerts in between.

All bands will perform on two stages providing continuous live entertainment throughout the duration of the event.  For $5 each, visitors 16 and older can enter the band/beer area.  Ages 15 and under are free and may also enter the band/beer area however alcoholic beverages will only be served to those guests 21 and older.  Please note that all minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Gloucester City's newly acquired "North Wind" schooner, to be dually christened "Saoirse Ceallaigh" (in the Irish for "Freedom from Strife") will be open for walk-on tours and excursions at Freedom Pier.

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