NELA Celtic Festival reconnects people with rich history, heritage

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - People enjoyed the 15th annual Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival at Kiroli Park. People danced to live traditional music and Irish food.

People enjoy several booths at the festival. (Source: KNOE)

Local businesses and other groups also set up booths for people to learn more about the history and see a few Celtic crafts too.

Organizers say it's all about preserving and sharing the rich Celtic heritage in north Louisiana. "Our blood up here, a good portion of the people up here, are Scots Irish, etc. All you got to do is open up a phone book and look at the names,” Enoch Doyle Jeter says.

“But, that's why we do it, to celebrate that part of the heritage."

It was McLin Hickman’s first time coming out the festival. While she was on-duty for the Autism Society of North Louisiana, she had fun as well. "The music's been awesome. I've seen the food. I've not had any yet, but I'm hoping I can walk around and get some food," Hickman says. "Yeah, it's a great day. Come out, eat, and buy some things."

Jeter says his restaurant Enoch’s will also have its 40th annual John Lennon birthday celebration next Friday.