Bars prepare to continue celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

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Even with Erie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade postponed from March 12, local pub workers expect large numbers of people to come out and celebrate the Irish holiday for the second weekend in a row.

It’s no secret that the people of Erie love St. Patrick’s Day and know how to celebrate it, but will the bars be equipped to celebrate it again Thursday through Sunday?

St. Patrick’s Day is just days away with the Erie Parade taking place after the Irish holidays.

It gives everyone another chance to get out and enjoy drinks, music and food without being crammed into a bar.

“For us, I think it’s up to the guests to be as we noticed over the weekend, we had a certain kind of students on Thursday. We will have another different group on Friday and Saturday,” said Rachael Goddard, general manager of Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub.

On West 12th Street, at Darcy’s Pub and Grub, unlimited green beer is available, along with freshly made Reuben sandwiches.

“We have everything. In fact, last week we had all of our green bottles of Bud Light, and you know Miller Lights, and we’re making corned beef. We got that sauerkraut. We’re all set to whip up some good Reuben,” said Trinia Hayes, bartender at Darcy’s Pub and Grub.

At Molly Brannigan, special drinks and menus will be back for those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for the second week in a row.

“We have brunch and live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll start this at 8 p.m. with drums and eggs, and we’ll have live music. The Guitar Rig will be there again, the DJ will be there again,” Goddard said.

In 2020, when the pandemic hit, Saint Patrick’s Day was canceled entirely. In 2021, restrictions were still in place.

In 2022, a bartender at Darcy’s is hoping for a big party.

“I think it will. Last year wasn’t too bad, but I think this year we’re going to do really well. We’re really excited to celebrate the Irish,” said Hayes.

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On March 19, the parade is rescheduled for 2 p.m. to begin along 10th and State streets.

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