St. Patrick’s Day
in Pinar del Rio
Cuba has a strong Celtic tradition through immigrants from Asturia and Galacia. Young people have moved from the gaita to Uilleann pipes, learned to sing sean nos and taught themselves from videos of Riverdance. They joined Mick Moloney and the Green Fields of America during three tours of Cuba, shown above in Santiago de Cuba. The two pipers have been invited twice to study and perform in Ireland.
We will fly to Havana on March 16 or 17*, join their celebration in Pinar del Rio on St. Patrick's Day, visit Vinales and, for as much time as there is interest, explore the Irish and Irish American history in Havana, Artemesia, Mayabeque and Matanzas. Return to the US will be March 23 or 24 or earlier if necessary. Approximate self-paid costs: air fare + $1200 for bed and breakfasts, meals, transportation, guide for the full trip + $150 contribution (* depending on whether people are obligated to the NY parade)
Irish Links to Cuba tinyurl.com/irish2cuba
Fund for Reconciliation and Development