Sullivan's Island continues to scale back St. Patrick's Day celebrations, party goes on

VIDEO: Sullivan's Island continues to scale back St. Patrick's Day celebrations, party goes on

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - There's a lot of green around town as St. Patrick's Day weekend kicked off. Dunleavy's Pub on Sullivan's Island is known for its holiday celebration. Though they've had to scale back these past few years because of new town rules, the party still goes on.

"We're going into our 24th year being open so 24 St. Patrick Days," Operating Partner at the Pub, Jamie Maher said.

It's a St. Patrick's Day tradition that's changed over the past few years after noise and crowd complaints by neighboring residents.

Chris Anstatt has been coming to the celebration for the past seven years.

"They used to have the streets closed off and it was a crazy party it was a lot of fun," Anstatt said.

Reggie Brown recalls what it used to be like too.

"Last time it was open, the main street was open, which was fun to be able to access the whole area, but this is fun too," Brown said.

That meant larger crowds and more businesses. Now there's no street closures allowed in an effort for the town to keep the celebration contained. Some Dunleavy Pub customers say the change is alright by them.

"It's awesome it's really nice, the weather is beautiful, everybody is out and having fun," Megan Vincent said.

"It's been great a lot of fun, the beers are great, the vibe, the energy around here has been awesome," Wil Harbaugh said.

Owner of the Pub, Bill Dunleavy, says he enjoying seeing families come out and spend the day together.

"My sister Patti and I decided to open up a little Irish pub on the corner, and we were blessed to find a place on Sullivan's Island," says Dunleavy.

Maher said the day was full of holiday festivities.

"We had Irish dancers come through already earlier and do a set, and a bagpiper come through," Maher said. "I have a live Irish singer playing all day and all night."

"It's a beautiful day, and it's the best place to be," Karen Jones said.

There will also be another celebration at Dunleavy's Pub on St. Patricks Day, which is on Thursday.

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