Bars and restaurants opened as early as seven in the morning to accommodate the early birds on Saint Patrick’s Day, many offering breakfast buffets.
Like in years past, green beer was flowing freely throughout the day. Downtown Erie wasn’t the only attraction for all of the green fun. People made other stops before heading into the city.
Amanda Riley says, “We were doing the local brewery tour, so we went to Millcreek, Lavery’s and now here on State Street. We tried to get into the Bourbon Barrel because last year I tried to ride the bull and it didn’t go so well.”
And, nearly 500 runners took part in the Saint Patrick’s Day run at the Erie Runner’s Club. There were two races to enjoy a 5k and a 10k. For some families, taking part in these races is a family tradition. For others, it’s a great way to show their Saint Patrick’s Day spirit.
Janina Lee, Erie Runner’s Club Member, says, “It’s awesome. I couldn’t think of a better place to be with a better bunch of people. Being out here on the Peninsula and all the people that are getting involved in the running community in Erie are just a lot of fun. Makes it worth getting up early in the morning for me.”
The funds from the merchandise sold at the run go to the Erie Runner’s Club.