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Friday in Portland: Second weekend of Irish Festival kicks off at Kells for St. Patrick's Day and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders and Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's Friday, March 17 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Second weekend of Irish Festival kicks off at Kells for St. Patrick's Day

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some classic Irish food and drinks? The second weekend of Portland’s Irish Festival kicks off Friday at Kells Restaurant & Pub, featuring classic Irish food, drinks and live entertainment. There’s fun for the whole family at the annual event.

“There’s going to be Irish dancers, bagpipers, all kinds of music on two different stages,” Lucy McAleese, co-owner of Kells, said. “We have a tent behind us that is set up with a stage, we have a stage right here [in Kells pub], the main stage. Great food, great beverages and just a great time.”

“It’s just an exciting day for us celebrating our heritage being Irish, especially in this beautiful Portland area, the greenbelt of the northwest of the United States,” Gerard McAleese, co-owner of Kells, said.

2. Oregon Lottery releases St. Patrick's Day raffle numbers

Feeling lucky? The St. Patrick’s Day raffle numbers have been drawn and one lucky person is holding a $1,000,000 ticket courtesy of the Oregon Lottery. The winning number is 195243. Prizes for the St. Patrick’s Day raffle include one $1 million top prize, 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

To check the winning raffle numbers, visit oregonlottery.org. Players who won $500 or $100 prizes can claim money at any Oregon Lottery retail location. Players can also claim their prize by mail.

3. Oregon Irish Dance Academy dancers performing on St. Patrick's Day

The Oregon Irish Dance Academy dancers are stepping out of the studio on Friday for St. Patrick’s Day. The dancers will be performing at the All-Ireland Cultural Society’s 82nd annual St. Patrick’s Celebration. The event will also feature performances from two Irish music groups, bagpipers, an Irish instrument petting zoo for kids and two Irish dance performances.

“This is our return to in-person after three years,” Christina White, co-founder of the academy, said. “Our dancers love dancing at this event. We are so excited to be back in person, performing on the big stage in front of everybody.”

The celebration begins at Aquinas Hall in northeast Portland at 4:30 p.m. The Oregon Irish Dance Academy will perform at 7:30 p.m.

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