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A couple raises a glass to Downtown Kalamazoo’s 2021 St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Decorated in green and orange Saturday, March 13, the Kalamazoo Mall was prepped for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Visitors were eager to celebrate the traditional Irish holiday this year by sipping green beer, enjoying live music and walking from bar to bar. 

If a passersby was particularly lucky, they even got a chance to visit St. Patrick and Liam the Leprechaun themselves.

See photos from the festivities that took place outside throughout the downtown mall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Patrons walk the streets of downtown Kalamazoo with St. Patrick’s Day green beers in hand. A very different scene from just a year ago, when any festivities that had been planned were cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Local band, The Bog Road, performed atop the Kalamazoo State Theatre for crowds gathered to take part in the festivities. The Bog Road plays “Irish music with attitude” and specializes in “irreverent ballads, sea shanties (and) rousing rebel songs,” per their Facebook page.

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Visitors walk the Kalamazoo Mall in their favorite shade of green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day March 13, 2021.

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A child watches dancers perform a traditional Irish Jig while she waits for her chance to take the same stage.

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The Central Commons Refreshment Area allows customers to purchase alcoholic beverages, shop, sit outside or walk around, as long as they remain within the commons area.

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Bagpipe players gather an interested crowd, who are eager to hear the traditional instrument. 

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Children dance among crowds gathered outside of the Kalamazoo State Theatre to watch The Bog Road perform.

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With S. Burdick Street closed off to through traffic, patrons are able to get comfortable in the nearest sunny spot they can find. Many find themselves near the Kalamazoo State Theatre where live music performances take place from the roof. 

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Refreshments and heated seating areas lined the outside of the Kalamazoo mall for patrons to rest before moving onto the next attraction.

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St. Patrick and Liam the Leprechaun make masked appearances on the Kalamazoo Mall throughout the day.

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A lone bagpipe player walks the street at the festivities come to a close around 6 p.m.

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