My friends and I have been hitting the festival for years. We've done it so many times now, that we really have it down to a science. We start and G & L's house for breakfast - eggs, grits, bacon, pancakes, and Irish coffee - and then we call a couple cabs and head to 5 Points. We usually get there in time to catch the tail end of the parade as we're walking in. Then we head to a beer truck to grab a cold one, because really? How often can you stand in the middle of the street and drink a beer? We then take a lap around the festival to see what's there, making a note of anything we may want to visit later. And then, we head to our home base: Delaney's.
Delaney's has live music from noon until six. Usually JJ Smith provides six raucous hours of toasts, drinking songs, sing-a-longs, and dancing. This year JJ was unavailable, so instead we were treated to the musical stylings of Daniel O'Ryan. Daniel is a bit of a one-man band: he uses crazy looping techniques to get several instruments going at once. It's a pretty awesome style, and he's very talented. He threw in a couple drinking songs to appease the masses, but really just did his own thing, including a very nice rendition of the Grateful Dead's I Know You Rider.
|Rocking the bagpipes. I dig it.|
|That's some good dancing music right there.|
Overall it was a pretty chill St. Patrick's Day. I had fun, the weather was beautiful, and the music was great. Now it's time to pack away all of my green beads, shamrock glasses, beer mug earrings, and "Kiss me I'm Irish" buttons and await next year's shenanigans. I hope you all enjoyed your St. Paddy's Day as much as I did. Sláinte!