Valley's traditional St. Patty's Day celebration is on!

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – It was still dark outside when people lined up outside Rosie McCaffrey's pub near Ninth Street and Camelback Road Thursday morning – all of them ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The daylong celebration started at 5:30 a.m. and will go on all day and all night, ending at 2 a.m.

Rosie McCaffrey’s St. Patty’s Day Bash is a Valley tradition that has been going strong since 2002. The celebration welcomes children during the day. Once evening comes, the partly is strictly for the grownups.

The event features drink specials (of course), happy hour 4 p.m.7- p.m., leprechauns, step dancing, live music, bagpiping, and more.

Michael McClanathan is one of the bagpipers on hand at the celebration. He is been a piper for more than 45 years, and has earned numerous medals and trophies for his beautiful work. McClanathan has performed before such dignitaries as the Lord Mayor of London and former President George Bush.

The celebration at Rosie’s is open to the public. More than just enjoying the spirits, Seamus McCaffrey, the owner of pubs in the Valley for 30 years, encourages revelers to learn a little about the Irish culture.

While everybody wants to have a good time, there is one thing you have to remember – aside from wearing green. Don’t drink and drive.

To find out more about prices or information about Rosie McCaffrey’s St. Patrick’s Day Bash, check out www.rosiemccaffreys.com.

To learn more about McClanathan, visit www.thebagpiper.com.