Hundreds pack Milwaukee bars for Saint Patrick's Day

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Hundreds of people headed to the bars in Milwaukee to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day for the first time in a long time. 

The County Clare Irish Inn & Pub started celebrating early Thursday morning on March 17.

CBS 58 spoke with many folks out to celebrate the holiday. One of them being Max Loker, VP of the Milwaukee of Hibernians. 

"If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough," said Loker.

Hundreds of people were bar hopping, ready to shamrock n' roll. With many cheers and a few beers, people feel 2022 will be their lucky charm. 

"Awesome to be back out, I'm out with some of my best friends and I'm having a great time," said Karen Puestow. 

There were Irish dancers, live bands and beers on tap. People are overjoyed to celebrate their heritage once again. 

"Everything shut down in Wisconsin on Saint Patrick's Day. It was an attack against the Irish if you ask me you know. It's been very nice to have parades back and did the mass on Saturday it's been really nice," said Loker. 

"We're so happy to be back for Saint Patrick's Day it's been two years of not being here and this is something that my friends and I have done for many years," said Laura Mooney.   

"We stopped at the Duke, this is our second stop and I don't know what is going to happen after that, girl you never know," said Puestow. 

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations go until 2 a.m. on March 17 at County Clare.

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