Go green! Valley residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Valley residents started their St. Patrick's Day celebrations early on Tuesday morning at several bars around town!

Crowds gathered at Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub & Restaurant well before noon, celebrating the holiday and enjoying everything Irish.

The restaurant opened at 6 a.m., and started things off with a hearty Irish breakfast and strong Irish coffees.

The main party started at 10 a.m., as Rosie's shut down its parking lot to make room for beer trucks and bands. Music for the day is being provided by Brazen Heads, Sea Merchants and Celtic Cowboys. Irish step dancers are also on hand.

The Irish-owned and Irish-operated Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Pub is also the headquarters of the Arizona Emerald Society, a chapter of the nationwide fraternity of Emerald Societies (Irish Police Social Organizations).

The restaurant's proprietor, Seamus McCaffrey Belfast, was born and raised in Ireland, and he has translated every detail of good Gaelic food and drink into an authentic Irish experience.

Guinness is a favorite beverage here, and shepherd's pie and fish & chips offer tastes of Ireland.

Across town at a sister restaurant, folks are also going green at Seamus McCaffrey's 24th annual St. Paddy's Day Street Faire. The event features live music from Seanachie, Kilted Spirit and Sea Merchants, as well as bagpipers and step dancers.

Traditional Irish fare will be served, and the beer garden will have drink specials all day. The street will be closed off in front of the bar from Central to First avenues. Bartenders are serving Irish beer and whiskey, but no green beer! The restaurant is trying to keep things as traditional as possible.

The parties will last into the wee hours (2 a.m.), so stop by for a little Irish cheer.

Rosie McCaffrey's

906 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix

602-241-1916

rosiemccaffreys.com

Seamus McCaffrey's

18 W. Monroe St., Phoenix

602-253-6081

seamusmccaffreys.com

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