Dressed in all manner of bright green, St. Patrick’s Day revelers hit Bel Air’s Main Street beginning early Tuesday morning to take advantage of the Irish breakfasts and drink specials offered by local establishments, kicking off a full day and night of shamrock shenanigans.
The revelers were decked out in St. Patrick’s Day-themed hats and beads as they walked among hustling package deliverymen, white-collar workers in business attire and uniformed law enforcement officers.
Brittney Garrett, of Abingdon, made a morning visit to Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub on South Main Street with her husband, father-in-law and uncles.
“If we’re home in Harford County, Bolan’s is our place,” she said.
Garrett said the atmosphere in Sean Bolan’s was “very chill.”
She also provided a container filled with “Irish Car Bomb” cupcakes – Guinness chocolate cupcake batter, a Jameson Irish Whiskey chocolate center and Bailey’s Irish Cream butter cream icing – to Sean Bolan’s staff and patrons.
The Irish Car Bomb cocktail is a mix of Guinness stout beer, whiskey and Irish cream.
“They’re a full-on Car Bomb in a bite,” Garrett explained.
Unlike St. Patrick’s Day of 2014, when Bel Air was blanketed by a late season snowstorm, the weather was mild and partly sunny Tuesday, and many people wore T-shirts while outside. By mid-day, the temperature had climbed to the upper- 60s.
“I’ve been dying for spring to come,” Garrett said.