St. Patrick's Day events are drawing thousands of visitors to Las Vegas for the weekend, and some business owners say they're feeling just as lucky as the partygoers.
Irish pubs around the valley are offering live music, step dancing and plenty of Guinness, hoping to lure in as many lads and lasses as possible from all over the country and the world. Some pubs even flew live bands to Vegas straight from Ireland.
"I have friends coming in from all over the country. These guys came in from Florida and Seattle, two more coming in from Jersey tonight," said Phoenix native George Brennan. Brennan and his friends started their St. Patrick's Day party on Friday at Ri Ra Vegas Irish Pub inside Mandalay Bay.
Dublin native Paula McKenna, assistant manager at Ri Ra, says the Irish celebrations are bigger and better in Las Vegas than in her home country. "It's amazing to see that the ‘Irishness' has traveled everywhere. You can come to Las Vegas, and everyone wants to be Irish," she said.
Brian McMullan, owner of McMullan's Irish Pub, says St. Patty's Day weekend has him thinking green for more than one reason. He says it's by far the biggest weekend of the year for his business. He expects to make as much money this weekend as he usually does in three weekends.
"It is huger than huge, they say," said McMullan.
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