The luck of the Irish brought to Tucson
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Reporter: Liz Kotalik
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's Saint Patrick's Day, and if you wandered downtown this morning and you were not wearing any green, you may have been pinched by one of the many St. Patty's Day parade-goers.
There were bagpipes, leprechauns, and of course lots of beer at the 26th annual Saint Patrick's Day festival and parade today.
But it wasn't just Tucsonans celebrating.
Alastair Killen is here from Downpatrick, Ireland, the place where St. Patrick brought Christianity many years ago, and now, the place where you can find his grave.
Alastair is here in Tucson representing to Saint Patrick's Center in the parade, and although the Old Pueblo is far from his homeland, he's excited to see all the American Irish celebrating their heritage with him.
"People are proud of where they came from," Alastair said. "Don't forget that after the famine, so many Irish people came to New York and to Ireland from Ellis Island and so on, and have contributed to the wealth and the well being of America."
Alastair says while we here in Tucson are celebrating the spirit of Ireland, he loves coming here to experience all of our culture and scenery.
And if you want to celebrate your love of the Irish year-round, you can head on down to Flanagan's Celtic Corner downtown.