Dressed in all manner of bright green, St. Patrick's Day revelers hit Bel Air's Main Street beginning early Tuesday morning to take advantage of the Irish breakfasts and drink specials offered by local establishments, kicking off a full day and night of shamrock shenanigans.
The revelers were decked out in St. Patrick's Day-themed hats and beads as they walked among hustling package deliverymen, white-collar workers in business attire and uniformed law enforcement officers.
Brittney Garrett, of Abingdon, made a morning visit to Sean Bolan's Irish Pub on South Main Street with her husband, father-in-law and uncles.
"If we're home in Harford County, Bolan's is our place," she said.
Garrett said the atmosphere in Sean Bolan's was "very chill."
She also provided a container filled with "Irish Car Bomb" cupcakes – Guinness chocolate cupcake batter, a Jameson Irish Whiskey chocolate center and Bailey's Irish Cream butter cream icing – to Sean Bolan's staff and patrons.
The Irish Car Bomb cocktail is a mix of Guinness stout beer, whiskey and Irish cream.
"They're a full-on Car Bomb in a bite," Garrett explained.
Unlike St. Patrick's Day of 2014, when Bel Air was blanketed by a late season snowstorm, the weather was mild and partly sunny Tuesday, and many people wore T-shirts while outside. By mid-day, the temperature had climbed to the upper- 60s.
"I've been dying for spring to come," Garrett said.
Bars and restaurants in downtown Bel Air, along with their counterparts in other parts of Harford County, started offering drink and food specials, as well as live music and contests, late last week.
Several establishments, including Sean Bolan's, kicked off Tuesday's celebrations with Irish breakfast buffets starting at 8 a.m. Patrons could enjoy foods such as corned beef and cabbage and sausages and mashed potatoes.
Looney's Pub, MaGerk's Pub & Grill and the Main Street Tower also had live music and drink and food specials scheduled for all day and night Tuesday.
Randy Garrett, of Edgewood, who is Brittney Garrett's father-in-law, said the breakfast at Sean Bolan's was "excellent."
"Everybody's in a good mood, good and happy," he said. "Everybody's behaving."
Randy said he has celebrated St. Patrick's Day each year at Sean Bolan's for about 10 years.
"Same spot, same people," he said.
Brittney Garrett was among many of the St. Patrick's Day revelers who took the day from work to celebrate.
"This is the first I've been [to celebrate]," she said. "Usually, I end up working, so we're going to spend most of the day here and see what happens."
Bryan Eiser and Brooke Elsnic, both from New Park, Pa., walked down Main Street toward Sean Bolan's. He was wearing a bright kelly green T-shirt over a gray hooded sweatshirt and she was wearing a pale green top.
Eiser and Elsnic made the 20-mile trip south to meet friends at Sean Bolan's.
"We're always in Bel Air," Eiser said.
Main Street Tower offered an Irish breakfast buffet for $8.17. Patrons were entertained with live music as they enjoyed the buffet and drink specials.
"We had people right at the start," Aaron Beard, the manager, said.
Festivities were scheduled to continue throughout the day and night at the Tower with drink specials, live bands and DJs inside the establishment and a heated party tent covering the adjacent patio.
"We're ready and excited for a busy yet crazy day," Beard continued.
Dave Street, of Bel Air, called the breakfast at the Tower "awesome."
"You can't beat it," he said. "$8, all you can eat, nothing like a corned beef and cabbage and beer breakfast."
Street also took off work for the day, which he does each year.
"When you're Irish, it's your holiday, man," he said. "Take the day off, enjoy it; see friends you haven't seen in a year."