The snow did not stop hundreds of St. Patrick's Day revelers from packing bars in downtown Bel Air and gallivanting around Main Street Monday morning and early afternoon.
"If you let the snow run your life, you are not going to do anything," Jack Busick, of Fallston, pointed out as he made his way toward Sean Bolan's Irish Pub along with his wife, Cathy, and daughter, Elizabeth.
Busick did not think snow would keep anyone from having a good time.
"It keeps them from going to work but it doesn't keep people from going out drinking," he said with a smile.
Cathy Busick noted they were in New York City for St. Patrick's Day once, where it was just as cold as Monday.
The Busicks were just some of many people who were off work Monday morning, at least, and could celebrate the holiday.
"This blanket of white is not going to keep us from going out and celebrating the green," Corinne McNutt of Bel Air said.
She, her husband, Scott, and her parents were walking down Main Street after visiting Sean Bolan's Irish Pub, which was packed to the gills with revelers. Scott McNutt said they were looking for a quieter place to sit down and have lunch.
Corinne McNutt was decked out in green and Scott wore a blue sweatshirt with the word "Irish" emblazoned on it in green.
"It's the best day of the year," Scott McNutt said. "Everybody gets along."
The "wearin' o' the green" was everywhere in Bel Air, as sparkly and shamrock-clad residents picked their way through the freshly fallen snow.
Most of them seemed to take the wintry weather in stride.
"The snow is not that bad," Colene Reisinger, of Jarrettsville, said. She and her husband, Michael, were dressed to the St. Patty's Day nines inside Sean Bolan's.
"For us, it's tradition. We always come out on St. Patrick's Day," Colene Reisinger said. "I take off [work] every year if it's on a weekday."
Michael Reisinger, who is Irish, was less thrilled about the weather.
"The snow sucks," he said, but "it's not going to ruin the family holiday of the year."
St. Patrick's Day, he noted, is "is kind of like our national holiday. This is like Christmas for me."
Colene Reisinger said her husband has a Jeep, but they nevertheless took a cab to Bel Air that morning.
"I would rather spend $40 on a cab than $5,000 on a DWI [charge]," Michael Reisinger explained.
Birthday celebration, too
Matt Sherrod and Matt Baroch, both of Fallston, were headed down Main Street toward Main Street Tower with Erin Perfidio, of Queen Anne's County.
It was Perfidio's birthday and all three were wearing green. Sherrod pointed out his green teeth.
"We were already off [work], so we figured we would come," Baroch explained about their venture to the Tower.
The trio said plenty of people were out and about.
"Looney's was packed," they said of the nearby pub, known for putting up the town's largest tent for the celebration.
Helen Fitta, of Bel Air, was not dressed up for St. Patrick's Day, but she still made it out to Main Street Tower on Monday just before lunchtime.
She said she only made it out because a neighbor was kind enough to help shovel out her car.
"It was a good chance to get out," Fitta said. "We are grateful for that."
She was ready for winter to be over for good.
"I am tired of the snow," Fitta noted.
Dressed to the nines
Jake Robinson of Forest Hill was walking up Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Main Street bars.
He was dressed in a green shirt, jacket, leggings, a kilt and a green-and-white plaid tam o'shanter. He also wore green gloves and an oversized tie with the words "Kiss me I'm Irish" on it.
"I always get dressed up," he said. "It's fun to see people's reactions."
Robinson said he was "freezing," but he was still ready to "have some fun."
Parking lots around downtown were filling up around lunchtime.
Dave Price stood outside the Main Street Tower, smoking a cigarette. Live music was coming from inside.
Price, a Bel Air resident, said he was out Monday "just to socialize with my buddies; it's a big day for parties and food and good bands."
He said the weather did not keep him inside Monday, but he noted attendance at local bars was lower than previous St. Patrick's Days.
"It's not as well attended in the morning as it has been, but everybody expects it to pick up in the afternoon," Price said.
Musicians tuned their instruments inside a tent in the parking lot of the Main Street Oyster House, which hosted its first St. Patrick's Day celebrations throughout the weekend. The reconstituted business opened since the last St. Patrick's Day.
Katrina Kosiorek, the assistant general manager, said traffic at Main Street Oyster House had been "awesome" Saturday.
The lunchtime crowd appeared to be light Monday afternoon, however. Kosiorek said two bands were scheduled to play later Monday, and the same drink specials that had been available over the weekend would be available Monday.
"We are just seeing what happens," Kosiorek said. "We're staffed for everything, just seeing what happens."
Mike Stupi and his fiance, Ericka, brought their 2-year-old son, Tristen, out for a walk along Main Street Monday.
Stupi pushed his son in a wagon shaped like a red sports car, and the trio enjoyed the live music emanating from the Main Street bars and restaurants.
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"It's crazy," Mike Stupi said of the weather. "One day it's 60 degrees and next day it snows. At least it's good music; you know we can't complain about that."