Hundreds of revelers pack E.L. bars to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Serenaded by the sound of bagpipes, MSU students lined up en masse to begin celebrating St. Patrick’s day early at East Lansing’s bars.
More than 100 students were lined up outside Dublin Square before its 7 a.m. opening.
“This is like our Super Bowl for Dublin, it’s nuts, everyone’s down here by 7 a.m., we’re going to go hard until about 2 a.m.,” said food industry management junior Jacob Pohl, who has worked at Dublin Square since January.
“Dublin’s a pretty popular bar in East Lansing but this is a big day of the year, so we’re looking to make sure everyone has a good time and stays safe and just make sure everything goes well," Pohl said.
East Lansing resident Austin Warren was working the doors at P.T. O’Malley’s and said the pub was at capacity around 8 a.m.
“It’s busy, people have been waiting out in line since like 5 in the morning so, it’s pretty crazy,” Warren said.
Holt resident Warren Maki, dressed in full regalia as Saint Patrick, made appearances at Dublin Square and later P.T. O’Malley’s, taking pictures with patrons. Maki said he has been dressing up as the Irish Saint for 13 years.
“I’m Irish, this is my heritage, I love (St. Patrick’s Day),” Maki said. “Go out, have a good time, be safe, party hard.”
Elementary education senior Beth Henley and packaging senior Mary Gallagher said they were celebrating their last St. Patrick’s Day at MSU. While they were at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub early in the morning, Henley said the pair planned to spend the day going from bar to bar.
“We’re just having fun… (St. Patrick’s Day is) the greatest holiday ever and we’re so excited to start it off the right way,” Henley said.