Bishop Rozanski presided over St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at Student Prince

Colleens from Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Agawam attended

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  An Irish atmosphere at a popular German restaurant: a St. Patrick’s Day tradition continued Friday at the Student Prince Restaurant in Springfield.

The 107 year old Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band performed at the Student Prince Friday afternoon. They — along with the Philadelphia Aqua String Band, or the “mummers,” were all in attendance to bring the Irish atmosphere inside the restaurant  for this St. Patrick’s Day luncheon tradition.

The event was also attended by mayors and Colleens from Springfield, Chicopee, Agawam and Holyoke. Chicopee’s colleen, Finn Murray, told us she can’t wait to march on Sunday.

“Hopefully it will be nice weather. I’m looking forward to that. And I’m looking forward to spending the day with my friends, my girls. I’m looking forward to being able to see the city,” Murray said.

“To play in the parade, we got a great reaction from the crowd. We are the oldest continuously active pipe band in the country, so it’s an honor to actually be the pipe major of this band,” Roger Bernier of the Caledonian Pipe Band said.

Inside the kitchen, corned beef was sliced and ready, along with the cabbage for an authentic Irish Reuben.

The luncheon was blessed by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski and both the mummers and the pipe band are playing from 6 to 7 Friday at the restaurant, and from 8 to 9 at the International Biergarten.

Bishop Rozanski granting dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day