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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are underway and they are in full swing in the City of Dublin.
A half a million people lined the streets of Ireland’s capital Sunday morning for the city’s annual two-mile parade. Around 8,000 tourists fly in for the holiday each year.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a multi-day event for Dublin, featuring a festival, street amusement parks and entertainment from Ireland’s top artists and musicians.
Both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo held St. Patrick’s Day parades on Saturday, but early risers on Sunday had some options to get the festivities going.
In Kalamazoo Gallagher’s opened at 8:00 am for breakfast and beer. The family owned bar and restaurant specializes in all things Irish all year, so this is a big day.
Sunday’s menu includes Irish spring rolls, corned beef, cabbage and vegetables in a roll and nine kinds of beer from Ireland.
Gallagher’s owner says St. Patrick’s Day breakfast has become a tradition.
“We open early because that’s what our customers want,” said Paul Graham senior. “We started doing this a number of years ago because we would get so many calls in the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, people saying are you going to be open for breakfast and our thought was, well, why not? So we started opening for breakfast and each year the line would get longer and longer.”
Dozens of other Kalamazoo restaurants and bars opened early and on Sunday afternoon the K-Wings will be playing on green ice starting at 3:00 pm.