Scott McGeehen serves up a platter of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage for O’Maddy’s customers during festivities marking St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17 in Gulfport. Longtime O’Maddy’s chef Wade Parrish said St. Patrick’s is the restaurant’s biggest day of the year.
“This is what we practice for all year long,” he said. The restaurant bought 2,000 pounds of corned beef, 400 pounds of cabbage and 500 pounds of potatoes for the occasion, Parrish said. Hundreds of people wearing all kinds of headgear, beads and clothing in every shades of green turned out along Shore Boulevard for the celebrations, which included live music, dancing, games, drinking and fundraising for charity.
Al Deeter of Gulfport and his drinking buddy, Moke the German shepherd, pose during St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Thursday, March 17 in Gulfport. Moke’s bottle is actually a rubber squeaky toy.
St. Patrick’s Day, Gulfport style. While noisy celebrants mark St. Patrick’s Day behind them on Shore Boulevard Thursday, March 17, three friends sit quietly on a swing, enjoying the view of Boca Ciega Bay and the fishing pier.