Syracuse Irish Fest: Large crowd gathers for 9/11 tribute, music and dancing (photos)

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers play a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse, N.Y. — Thousands of Central New Yorkers filled Clinton Square into the night on Saturday for the second day of Syracuse’s annual Irish Fest.

As the sun set over downtown at 7:10 p.m., bagpipers marched from the west end of Clinton Square, through the crowd to the front of the stage. Emcee Chow Downey read the names of Central New Yorkers who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago. The musicians then played “Amazing Grace.”

After the tribute, the music and dancing resumed. Here are some photos from Day 2 of Irish Fest:

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Syracuse bagpipers march through the crowd at Irish Fest to the front of the stage. There they played a tribute on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers play a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers play a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers played a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers played a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Syracuse bagpipers play a tribute at Irish Fest to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Irish Fest emcee Chow Downey reflects during the 9/11 tribute on Saturday in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Dancers from the Johnston School of Irish Dance perform on the second night of Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Buildings downtown were lit up in red, white and blue on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Enter The Haggis prepares to take the stage at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Enter The Haggis performs to a good crowd at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Causeway Giants perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Moxie Strings perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Drummer Dave Winkler performs with the Causeway Giants at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

The Moxie Strings perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Enter The Haggis performs to a good crowd at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The youngest members of the Francis Academy of Irish Dance performed at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Enter The Haggis performs to a good crowd at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Moxie Strings perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Mary Ellen Barrett (right) continues with her knitting during Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night and her granddaughter Makenna Barrett sneaks into the picture. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Causeway Giants perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Francis Academy of Irish Dance performed at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Moxie Strings perform at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

Syracuse Irish Festival

Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Francis Academy of Irish Dance performed at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Moxie Strings take a selfie with organizer Marty Cahill (top left) and emcee Chow Downey at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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The Francis Academy of Irish Dance performed at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Diana Ladio of the Moxie Strings performs at Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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Irish Fest in downtown Syracuse on Saturday night. Charlie Miller | [email protected]

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