Pepsi Irish Festival
Aug. 16 - 18
Rockaway does not have an Irish festival scheduled for this year. So the next best event would probably be the Pepsi Irish Festival. This is scheduled for August 16 thru 18, 2002 at the beautiful historic Belmont Race Track on Elmont, Long Island.
Formerly known as the New York Irish Festival, the 8th annual event for the first time will be presented by Pepsi-Cola. This 3-day extravaganza draws in as much as 30,000 people. The enjoyable fun of the day continues well into the evening as everyone is awash in Irish culture.
Founder and general Chairman, Steve Duggan of the famous Paddy Reilly's Music Bar, says, "It's amazing how this festival has grown over the years and now with Pepsi's involvement this year it gives us the wonderful opportunity to expand our festival and broaden its outreach."
The festival will be launched on Friday night, August 16, and will present continuous music performances over the weekend by Black 47, The Prodigals, Drop Kick Murphy's, The McCabes, Finbar Furey, Paddy Reilly and Shillelagh Law, with more acts to be announced in the future. This year's headlining band, The Saw Doctors, will be rocking the crowd both Friday and Saturday nights. "This festival is without a doubt the best fun-filled outdoor music celebration," noted Eamonn Coghlan, the Festival's Marketing Director.
On Sunday, August 18, the 7th Annual Eamonn Coghlan 5K Clasic Run will start at 10 a.m., attracting top runners who compete for fun and cash prizes. Sponsored by The New York Road Runners Club, it adds another dimension to the Festival as it brings in people of various backgrounds. "The Eamonn Coghlan 5K Classic race offers the flattest and fastest course in New York," says Eamonn, the former world record holder of the 1-mile run who oversees the race, and is known as the "Chairman of The Board."
On Sunday afternoon The New York City Feis (dance festival) will take place. This Feis (pronounced ("fesh") attracts several thousand competitors including some of the best Irish championship step dancers from around the world. The feis is under the direction of master dancer and instructor, Donny Golden, well known for dancing on stage with The Chieftains. This year it will feature an attempt to set a Guiness World Record by assembling the largest number of set dancers on a floor at the same time.
Pepsi-Cola North America (www.pepsi.com) headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. is the beverage division of PepsiCo. Inc. (www.pepsico.com) in the United States and Canada. Its brands in the United States include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi ONE, Pepsi Twist, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red, Mug, Sierra Mist, Slice, Aquafina, SoBe, Dole single-serve juices and FruitWorks. The company also makes and markets North America's #1 single ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.