St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so plenty of Findlay establishments will set a festive mood on Saturday, too. Die-hard revelers, however, are more than welcome on Sunday. (Courier file photo)

By BRENNA GRITEMAN

LIFE EDITOR

Green beer? Check.

Kegs and eggs? Check

Claims of Irish heritage just to earn a kiss? You bet!

St. Patrick’s Day marks the 5th-century death of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, and is sometimes called the Feast of Saint Patrick. Over the past dozen or so centuries, the holiday has become synonymous with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and the wearing of the green.

Even with the 17th of March falling on a Sunday this year, Findlay’s establishments are expecting large crowds of green-clad revelers.

The Dark Horse Restaurant will kick-start the festivities with “St. Practice Day” on Saturday.

Owner Neeli Oler says the restaurant will offer breakfast specials including green eggs and ham, Irish scrambler, Scotch eggs, Irish toast and St. Patty Cakes — essentially “anything I can turn green and people will eat” — starting at 7 a.m. For lunch and dinner, The Dark Horse will be serving a Jiggs dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potato and carrots.

Green beer will be flowing, as will green margaritas, Irish coffee, Irish breakfast shots and shots of Jameson. Irish music will help set the merry mood.

“This is one of my favorite holidays and I love to get the customers involved and have some fun celebrating the day,” Oler says, noting the same offerings will be available Sunday — minus the liquor.

Clayton Acheson, general manager of Logan’s Irish Pub, is also planning a weekend-long party.

The downtown Findlay pub will host live bands all day Saturday, along with giveaways of green T-shirts, beads, sunglasses and more.

“We’re going to pretend the 16th is St. Patrick’s Day. And you know, at midnight, it is,” Acheson says.

The party continues Sunday for the most devoted merrymakers — Monday morning be damned! — with doors opening at 9 or 10 a.m. Beers and breakfast will be served until the main event: At 11 o’clock sharp — precisely the time Sunday liquor sales are legally permitted — they’ll strike up the band and lead a legendary toast.

“I’m going to have the largest Irish whiskey toast in the history of Findlay, Ohio,” Acheson says. “I’m guessing by that time we’ll be packed.”

General manager Frank Polutnik says Frickers’ St. Patrick’s Day party — and its early-bird kegs and eggs offering — is legendary among Findlay revelers.

“This is probably our busiest day of the year. We’ll have people actually standing outside waiting for us to open at 6,” Polutnik says. (Note: That’s 6 a.m.)

The celebration runs from 6-10 on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, with green beer flowing steadily.

Polutnik explains every person who buys a beverage during this four-hour window — including soda for all those early-morning designated drivers — earns access to the free breakfast buffet. On the menu are eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, French toast sticks and much more.

“Obviously, if you give them a big enough breakfast they won’t get drunk quite so fast,” he reasons.

Still, Polutnik says the restaurant does occasionally have to step in when St. Patrick’s Day revelers get a little overzealous: “I’ve cut somebody off at 6:15.”

Fricker’s offers kegs and eggs only one other time a year: the day of the OSU versus Michigan game, but the beer remains its natural amber tone.

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