St. Patrick’s means big business for bars

It was standing room only at at Fitzwilly's in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – There was plenty of the “wearin o’ the green” in the Hampshire County city of Northampton this Saint Patrick’s Day, which translates into a big business day for bars and restaurants.

It was standing room only at the bar at Fitzwilly’s in downtown Northampton. It was an all-day celebration, starting with the Northampton Saint Patrick’s Association post-breakfast tradition of a 10am Jameson Whiskey toast, step dancers and live music all day.

General Manager Fred Grohr told 22News, “It’s certainly the best Tuesday of the year!! There’s no doubt about it. You know, days like this: New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day. Those holidays help us a lot. They’re few and far between, but when we get a good one, it’s wonderful.”

In previous years, Northampton’s official Saint Patrick’s celebrations took place at Tully O’Reilly’s Pub, but that tradition ended when Tully’s closed last June.

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