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Will the St. Patrick's Days of the present ever live up to the ones during elementary school? The magic of a classroom filled with shamrocks and green frosted cupcakes is not easy to duplicate in adult life. Rainbow stickers no longer inspire, and the search for a pot of gold has run out of steam. All that's left is the novelty of drinking green beer and a vague, uncomfortable hope that your favorite bar has hired a midget leprechaun.
Try to recreate the festive spirit this year, with pubs north and south or music and dance.
At Moynihan's Pub, the former Body in the Bog, the doors will open at 10am. Nestled in a strip mall at Herndon and Marks, Moynihan's authentic pub feel (there are hooks under the bar!) and extensive beer menu will pack them in until 2am. Celebrate the Irish with Guinness or Beamish, but steer clear of the Smithwicks unless you're collecting social security. Most draught pints will set you back $5.
On the other side of town Fagan's Irish Merrow Pub will stage what can only be called a St. Paddy's Day explosion. The festivities begin at 6:30am, when Father Michael will bless breakfast and the green beer begins flowing. Entertainment lined up for the day includes the Celtic Dance Ensemble, McTeggart Irish Dancers, the High Grade Pats, and Celtic music artist April Verch. Enjoy the beer and gobble up the goodies from Jameson, Guinness, and Miller. When you've had your fill of corned beef and cabbage, wonder outside for a breath of fresh air and other pint of beer at the Downtown Association's beer garden. Whatever you do, don't miss the special appearance by Tony Blanco the Magic Leprechaun. Tickets for the all-day event are $15.
For those worried about undercover police, enjoy a night of music and dance in a more formal setting. The Fresno City College Opera Workshop will present "Luck of the Irish," a musical revue celebrating the music of Ireland. Fresh from their appearance at Fagan's, the Celtic Dance Ensemble will perform with traditional Irish music. The performance starts at 7:30pm in the Fresno City College Music Recital Hall. No alcohol will be served.
Whatever you do this St. Patrick's day, designate a driver.