By Destiny Brown
While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide, it’s a small bar on the Alabama Gulf Coast that draws attention to many looking to make the best of the holiday, with a pub crawl!
The event began over 30 years ago, and has since become one of the talked about annual events in Gulf Shores.
“The idea behind the pub crawl was to give local businesses and bars a jump start to Spring,” said owner and seasoned pub crawler Bill McGinnes.
Papa Rocco’s will open its doors at 8 a.m. on March 17, St. Patricks Day. Around 9:30 a.m., the pub crawl begins with grand Marshall Papa Rocco himself, Bill McGinnes, leading the pack. Nearly 1,000 pub crawler will venture to over 12 bars on the Gulf Shores strip including Flying Harpoon, Hangout, DeSoto’s, Pink Pony, Mikee’s, Mudbugs, Steamer and Gulf Island Grill. The pub crawl will return back at Papa Roccos’.
Snowbirds, spring breakers, locals and those just looking for a good time are encouraged to wear holiday attire for the event. Be sure to wear your green if you don’t want to get pinched!
Papa Rocco’s kitchen opens at 10:30 a.m. Along with its regular menu, there will be corn beef and cabbage specials. There will be drink specials also.
Throughout the day at Papa Rocco’s there will be live music from Dublin Down beginning at 10:30 and Jan Gallo and the Hangmen from 7 p.m. til midnight to keep the festivities going!
Always a staple at the pub crawl are the bagpipers that Papa Rocco flies in special to the event each year. The Windsor Canadian Pipe Band consists of Neil McGinnes, Michael Woody, Kevin Wisehart and Jame Stewart. With Uncle Derek Crawford as the mascot. The crew are no strangers to the pub crawl and have helped Papa Rocco lead for years. On March 17, remember to follow the bag pipes!
Papa Rocco’s is located 101 W 1th Avenue in Gulf Shores.