You don't need the luck of a four-leaf clover to find somewhere to raise a pint, or two, with friends or soon-to-be friends in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 17.
Whether you're Irish or just Irish for the day, Petaluma has a pot of golden opportunities for fun on St. Paddy's — and that's no blarney.
Maguire's Irish Pub
St. Patrick's Day in Petaluma
McNears Restaurant and Bar Manager Joe O'Donnell displays his neckware on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
With green manicured fingers, Kristal Shelden shows green beads she obtained in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, repurposed for her St. Patrick's Day outfit Saturday, March 17, 2012.
A stretch limousine turns up Western Avenue, accomodating St. Patrick's Day celebrants who prefer not to drive Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Waitress Sarah Toscanini drinks with a straw so her green lipstick won't smear during her St. Patrick's Day shift at McNear's Restaurant in Petaluma, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Kennilworth basketball coach Chris Gutendorf finds his leprechaun costume helps make friends a McNear's Bar and Restaurant during St. Patrick's Day Festivities in Petaluma, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
A couple share a lucky St. Patrick's Day kiss at McNear's Bar and Restaurant Saturday, March 17, 2012.
The view from the stairs at McNear's Bar and Restaurant shows the lively crowd on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
While friends watch, --and one sleeps--Casa Grande students Jesus Rosila-Mares, 16, and Cameron Connolly, 16, dance an Irish jig on the grass at Helen Putnam plaza, to the music of "Flogging Molly" during their own St. Patrick's celebration Saturday, March 17, 2012. Connolly's father taught him the dance, and Cameron's friends wanted to learn, too.
At McGuire's Pub, Cindy Rutledge, Yvonne Bailey, Barbara Camdan and Kimberly Criswell share memories of a prank they pulled on their college-age daughters earlier in the evening:
At McGuire's Pub, Cindy Rutledge, Yvonne Bailey, Barbara Camdan and Kimberly Criswell share memories of a prank they pulled on their college-age daughters earlier in the evening: They met their girls at a restaurant in their St. Patrick's finery --without warning the hip teens about their wild attire. But instead of being mortified, the kids were thrilled.
Maguire's Pub patrons savor beer after a toast on St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Petaluma newcomer Raj Gorum introduces English friend Mandeep Bhangal to Maguire's Pub, and to the fun there St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Every year, Maguire's Irish Pub does the "wearin' o' the green" in style with a full day of festivities, and this year is no differed.
Irish dancers will be performing throughout the day, and there will be a live band in the afternoon. DJ Joe will spin tunes as the sun goes down.
In addition, the pub will be serving up a St. Patrick's Day feast of corned beef and cabbage.
Maguire's is located at 145 Kentucky St. For information, call 762-9800.
Over on Petaluma Boulevard, McNear's hosts its annual St. Patrick's celebration all day Sunday, March 17 with corned beef and cabbage, music and more.
McNear's is located at 23 Petaluma Blvd. North.