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Coleman's highlights Irish heritage and traditions

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Coleman's highlights Irish heritage and traditions
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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. As Sarah Blazonis reports, there are several Syracuse traditions that bring the whole community together in honor of the holiday.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There is a longstanding tradition at Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood. Just after midnight, people gathered for the traditional painting of the shamrock under the upside-down traffic light.

Despite the fact that it takes place in the middle of the night, the tradition draws a big crowd year after year. The tradition is not only meant to mark the holiday, but to also pay respects to neighborhood residents who have passed away in the last year.

Throughout the day on Monday, Coleman's has many more celebrations in store. The day kicked off with a breakfast at 7 a.m. There will also be plenty of corned beef, cabbage, and green beer served all day.

Each year, Coleman's is a full house when it comes to celebrating the Irish heritage. According to owner Peter Coleman, he likes to tell people the entire building was shipped from Ireland. It was modeled after the old Juries Hotel Bar in Dublin, and has certainly become a local landmark.

"Busy and as crowded as it is, everybody seems to be in a good mood, you know, it's not a trouble holiday, you know, for that many people to be in a little pub on the corner of Tompkins and Lowell on Tippery Hill, it's scary but we usually sail right through it, because of the spirit that's out that day," said Coleman.

Bagpipers and Irish dancers will are scheduled to perform throughout the day, and live music kicks off at 4 p.m. in the outdoor tent.

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