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This year’s floats included one sponsored by Opera Naples, which showcased their opera singers. The Southwest Florida Salem University Alumni also had a float covered with 25,000 handmade crepe flowers and featured a 10-foot tall leprechaun.
“We wanted to make something memorable and that celebrated St. Patrick’s Day,” said Joanne Ricciardiello, a member of the alumni group. “Something everyone would love.”
After the parade, the festivities continue at McCabe’s Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with traditional Irish fare including Irish stew, shepherd’s pie and Angus beef. The pub will provide live entertainment inside and outside featuring the Harp and Thistle Band, West of Galway, Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance, Matty Jollie and Jerry Pellegrino. Outdoor bars will be available until 6 p.m. but the party goes on inside of McCabe’s until midnight.
McCabe’s hosts a second celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, a tribute to all things Irish. The pub opens at 8 a.m. and spends the day giving people what Landry calls “that good Irish feel.” McCabe’s offers foods in spirit of the holiday such as Irish pot roast and corned beef and cabbage. Several outdoor bars provide guests with their favorite drinks while they listen to Irish-inspired tunes, rock music and more in the Sugden Plaza until midnight. Guests can move to the music of West of Galway, Matty Jollie, Jerry Pellegrino, Marci G. and Steve, Joel Rogers and others. The Irish Step Dancers from the Celtic Spirit Dance School will also perform.