Portlanders celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend

Celebrations from Ireland to Portland

Participants take part in the St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Dublin, Friday March 17, 2017. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Folks around the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with parades and ceremonies decked out in green.

In Portland, Irish pubs were the place to be throughout the weekend for beer and fun with hundreds celebrating at Irish pubs like Paddy’s and Kells.

People celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Kells Irish Pub in Portland on March 17, 2017. (KOIN)

The party continued Saturday with a St. Patrick’s Day weekend tradition at Kells — several rounds of amateur boxing. Fighters from Ireland faced off against those trained in Portland.

“It’s pretty entertaining, haven’t seen amateur boxing in probably about four years so this is pretty fun,” said Deano Jenkins, a former All-Navy boxer who won Oregon Golden Gloves.

Fight announcer Jonny Ash says this event is so popular and well-received, there will even be an encore in the near future.

“We do this every year at Kells, it’s such a popular event,” Ash said. “We are going to do one this summer, halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.”

There was also a street party at Paddy’s, the oldest Irish pub in downtown Portland.

Police in the area have extra patrols out to keep everyone safe and get impaired drivers off the roads.

The Portland celebration continues with the Shamrock Run Sunday morning. Be prepared for traffic changes in SW Portland due to the new race routes.