Wear your green! St. Patrick's Day celebrations in full swing on Oahu

Wear your green! St. Patrick's Day celebrations in full swing on Oahu

By Samantha Brooks
HNN Spring Intern

The luck of the Irish was felt throughout Honolulu Saturday as many celebrated St. Patrick's Day.

Celebrations kicked off with the St. Patrick's Day parade in Waikiki.

Lanes through Kalakaua Avenue closed at 11:30 a.m. for the St. Patrick's Day parade at noon.

The parade started off in front of Fort DeRussy on Kalakaua Avenue and made its way through Waikiki, ending at the bandstand in Kapiolani Park.

The parade featured 800 participants from community organizations and marching bands.

Murphy's Bar and Grill catered to the fans of traditional St. Patrick's Day block parties with a block party in Honolulu.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Nuuanu Avenue, Merchant Street and Marin Lane were closed for the block party set-up.

Nuuanu Avenue will be closed from King Street to Nimitz Highway in both directions until 10 p.m. Merchant Street will also be closed in both directions from Nuuanu Avenue to Bethel Street, while and Marin Lane will be closed from Smith Street to Nuuanu Avenue.

Murphy's opened their doors for lunch at 11 a.m., and will donate $2 per pound of corned beef sold throughout the weekend to the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation. From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., the pub is hosting a keiki fair with face painting, crafts and more.

At 4 p.m., the real party starts. There is no admission or age requirement for the block party, but kids are not recommended due to the big crowds.

There are expected to be more than 5,000 attendees, and the event will feature live music and DJ stages.

The party doesn't stop until 10 p.m., and roads will reopen after that.

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