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Everyone is Irish on St Patty's Day

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 11:17PM
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Angeleno Mary O'Neil was all Irish at L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza.

Billed as the city's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration, L.A. Live's inaugural go at a salute to Public Safety and Irish Pride took place today out in the sun of Nokia Plaza. While perhaps not as well attended as recent events at Pershing Square, there were still plenty of celebrators.

With a beer garden, entertainment and displays, there were enough ways to toast your Irish Heritage to bring in even those without a drop of Dubliner in them.

Ken O’ Malley and the Twilight Lords played traditional Irish music and rock and roll on a stage that also featured performances by the 20-piece Los Angeles Emerald Society Bagpipe Band and the Dublin All-Stars Marching Band.

Just before Councilmember Tom “O”LaBonge was about to step on the stage, he assured blogdowntown that the missing parade will be back in 2011 after budget limitations prevented it from being held this year. “We’re working on having it on 11th Street,” LaBonge added.

While the dancing Leprechaun on stage with Ken O’ Malley is what many people may consider a traditional Irish celebration, there were some sincere moments. Honored were Kenneth Cassidy, LAFD Captain of the Year, and William Murphy, LAPD Captain of the Year. Actor Jack McGee sang the anthem in a traditonal tenor, and one young-at-heart woman stood proudly in the sun to gently wave an Irish flag as bagpipers played their set.


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