Thousands Celebrate “Irish on Ionia”

Posted at 10:57 PM, Mar 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-15 22:57:48-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March, 15, 2014) — “Irish on Ionia” ringleader, Garry Boyd told FOX 17 that organizers were hoping to attract between 14,000-20,000 people on Saturday.

Organizers expanded this year, adding a new block to provide more room for party-goers.

They also added a second music stage. One featuring local D.J’s, and another featuring Irish music.

The event also had a number of new outside vendors.

“Today we`re hosting Irish on Ionia downtown. It`s the largest St. Patrick`s Day festival. It`s not really St. Patrick`s Day, but to us it is.  The weather is great. There`s a bunch of people down here.  We`ve got two stages, lots of stuff. There`s a lot of fun stuff going on,” said Boyd.

Organizers also added a second stage for more live entertainment.