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Manhattan Beach McCaverty Clan survives another St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechaun Jimmy McCaverty leads the charge down Wilshire Boulevard.

Leprechaun Jimmy McCaverty leads the charge down Wilshire Boulevard.

by Christi McCaverty

The McCaverty clan celebrated its Ninth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl aboard an open roof, double-decker bus on Holy St. Patrick’s Day. The red double decker left downtown Manhattan Beach with 42 people on board at 9 a.m., provisioned with coolers of Guinness and Kilkenny and Cathy Lugo’s famous soda bread. The bus elicited cheers from envious early revelers at Starbucks and Hennessey’s.

McCaverty clan members included Karen McLaughlin, Nicole Black, Erin Mercer, Christi McCaverty, Gage and Crystal Comeau, Judy Flentye and Heidy Lily.

McCaverty clan members included Karen McLaughlin, Nicole Black, Erin Mercer, Christi McCaverty, Gage and Crystal Comeau, Judy Flentye and Heidy Lily.

Leprechaun Jimmy McCaverty led the clan in his sherbet green suit and top hat. He would be the subject of many tourists’ photos throughout the day.

Jimmy, Christi and Michael “The Bouncer” McCaverty.

Jimmy, Christi and Michael “The Bouncer” McCaverty.

The bus followed the beach route to Finn McCool’s in Santa Monica for an Irish breakfast and Irish coffees. Then the big red bus headed down Pico and up to Wilshire into the heart of LA  while everyone sang “We Love LA.”

Lads and lasses brace for the journey ahead.

Lads and lasses brace for the journey ahead.

The next stop was Casey’s Irish Pub’s annual street fair. The downtown streets were blocked off for their  large beer garden. A generous number of Casey’s pickle backs were downed, followed by chasers of green beer. There was Irish dancing in the sun. Then it was time to reboard the bus and head to Culver City’s Joxer Daly’s for more Irish music, Irish jigs and corned beef and cabbage. From there, it was just a hop and a skip back to Hennessey’s Tavern in Manhattan Beach for a nightcap. ER