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Where to celebrate being Irish in Kelowna

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 | 3:50 pm

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Like all good Canadians, Kelowna residents do enjoy a celebratory brew and there’s no better excuse to imbibe than the day of the Irish.

After all, according to the 2006 census by Statistics Canada, the Irish are the fourth largest ethnic group in the nation with 4,354,000 able to boast full or partial Irish descent. That means about 14 per cent of the country has a legitimate reason to celebrate tonight, while the rest are bound to have an Irish friend somewhere and friends don’t let friends drink alone.

So, what is there to do in the city? There’s bound to be plenty o’ green beer, at just about every pub but a few places are pulling out their A-game.

Scenesters say green men will be out in force drinking green brew and dancing funny little dances down at the Alternator Gallery amid video and stationary art. Phat Djs Rockin’ killer tunes and regular people acting like clowns and baffoons, should be easy to find.

Their St. Patty’s day bash runs from 4 to 11 p.m. There will be three local deejays playing a variety of styles, live vocals, live video art, beer, and good company. The event costs as little as $5 at the door.

Local pubs will have numerous celebratory outpourings, though O’Flannigan’s is boasting the most Celtic celebrations, based on their name alone.  Its festivities started at at noon, with live entertainment starting at 4 p.m.

Locals are invited to go hear the  Kelowna Pipe Band, Tony Dizon and friends. The beer will be green and the place will be packed so get there early to stake your piece of the Emerald Isle Celebration.

Remember to call a taxi if you partake in the celebrations at hand, and drink lots of water. Tomorrow is a work day.

Happy St. Pats!

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