St. Patrick’s season kicks off Friday

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St. Patrick’s Day season will be ushered into the Mahoning Valley on Friday with the ceremonial delivery of the green beer.

It’s a new Youngstown tradition that takes place in front of O’Donold’s Irish Pub on West Federal Street, downtown.

At about 5:45 p.m., Green Beer Engine No. 1 will arrive, accompanied by bagpiper Stephen Holter, dancers from the Burke School of Irish Dance, and honorary Irishman Mayor Tito Brown.

After the official Beer Blessing from Rev. Kieran Fergus of St. Dominic Parish, grand marshal Mayor Brown will officially start the season by attaching a hose from the truck to an intake pipe, “releasing” its cargo of beer into mythical underground tanks that will supply revelers through March 17.

The Burke dancers will perform a traditional group dance, and the Shaffer Brothers Band will perform until 10 p.m.

The ceremony will be repeated on a smaller scale at 7:30 p.m. at O’Donold’s Pub in Austintown Plaza. County Mayo Irish band will perform, and at 8 p.m., the inaugural keg will arrive behind bagpiper Holter and a contingent from the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

The group will be welcomed by Austintown Township Trustee Jim Davis.

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