Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Belleville
St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind thoughts of Ireland, leprechauns and parties with Irish Guinness.
Across the city, Belleville residents can take part in a variety of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, many of which feature live music.
The library had a morning filled with crafts and green cupcakes for children to celebrate the end of March break. Before digging into the food, the children got to enjoy a short play put on by library volunteers.
“It’s a fun way for the kids to finish off the break from school,” said library volunteer Joanne Alyea. “There’s food and some fun photo booth props.”
In the afternoon, the library has chance for teenagers to take part in the fun. Green Screen Fun is a chance for older kids to show off their acting skills. Through the use of props, the teenagers will be able to create improvised skits and take photos using the library’s green screen.
“It’s going to be the biggest Irish pub in Belleville,” said Cain. “It’s a completely local event with Mike Kelly and the Shamrocks providing the music.”
Local dancers from the Kelly School of Irish Dance will be preforming and local catering company Urban Herb will be providing food. The party starts at 4 p.m.
Down on Coleman Street at the Red Lion Pub, bartender Joe Roberto said he expects a full house.
“We have Irish stew on the menu today, and later we have the FarSide band playing,” Roberto said.
Irish music will be playing all day inside the pub, and beginning at 8 p.m. the band will be playing live.
In the East end, The Dugout Grill will feature traditional Irish food and some green beer. Local band The Shadowz will be preforming live entertainment.
“We have some green Labatt’s and Molson’s t-shirts available,” said Jennifer French, owner of the Dugout. “We also have some prizes for people to win tonight.”
French added that the restaurant was sold out for tonight’s performance.
At the Beaufort Pub local musician Chris Dunwell will be providing guests with live music, beginning at 6 p.m.
The pub’s menu will feature some well-known Irish dishes, and some green beer for customers to enjoy.
And the Belleville Police were reminding local drivers there will be zero tolerance when it comes to Saint Patrick's Day revellers who get behind the wheel.
Inspector Sheri Meeks said patrol officers will be watching for anyone they believe is under the influence, and charges will be laid.
Anyone heading out to enjoy some green beer or other refreshments is reminded to take a designated driver, call a taxi or rely on public transportation when heading home.
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