Ireland Invades Fair Park: It’s the North Texas Irish Festival

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DALLAS -- With St. Patrick's Day just a few weeks away, it's time to celebrate all things Irish!

"This is the 34th annual North Texas Irish Festival," said Sandi Hebley, the event's stage coordinator. "It all started in 1982, in the parking lot of a pub.  And it grew, and the parking lot of the pub wasn't big enough anymore, and so we moved to Fair Park, where we've been ever since."

Yeah, but don't confuse the Irish Festival with the St. Patty's Day parade on Greenville Avenue...

"That is totally unlike what we do here," Hebley said. "There is beer - people can have a beer while they're here, but we are about the music and the dance and the culture."

There'll be plenty of music and lots of that distinctive Irish dancing.

"We don't use our arms," a dancer named Emily told NewsFix. "And a lot of it is done only from the hips down."

"It's a lot harder than it looks because you have to keep your balance in place," said Hannah, another of the dancers.

Among the Irish festivities, there will also be a section dedicated to our four-legged friends.

Deanne Harris from Border Collie Rescue & Rehab will be in "Doggy Land".

"It will be jam-packed in here," Harris said. "They will have pets for you to pet and love on, pets up for adoption."

"So it's music, and dance, and food galore," Hebley said. "We're predicted to have sun and temperatures in the 70's all weekend.  So there's something for everybody!"

The North Texas Irish Festival will be at Dallas Fair Park tonight through Sunday.