Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Kern County


Every March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades, parties, and a lot of green. This date marks the death of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. 

All around Kern County people celebrated the luck of the Irish, Sunday.

It was a sea of green at at McMurphy’s Irish Pub where people celebrated with all things green from Jell-O shots to green beer. 

“St. Patrick’s is a day that we get to celebrate our heritage,” said Vanessa Estrada celebrating at the Irish pub.

At The Padre people celebrate with all kinds of irish inspired drinks like an irish red beer and irish inspired dishes. 

“I like that everybody wears green,” said Steven Gonzo celebrating at The Padre. “For some reason green’s not a popular color. Why do you wear green in junior high? Not to get pinched, but not, it’s just a silly tradition everybody decided to wear green on St. Patrick day and I think that’s kind of cool.” 

Even a very tall leprechaun made an appearance in downtown Bakersfield at Sandrini’s. At 6′ 3″ without her the two-foot wooden stilts, local street performer Harley Maxwell brought a smile to many dressed like the Irish icon.

“I do this for fun,” Maxwell said. “I like entertaining people and it makes me really happy to work with the community. You get some many different reactions, people don’t see this everyday” 

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