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After a two-year layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Patrick’s Day festivities returned to Olde Town Arvada on March 12, bringing an array of live music, food, vendors and merrymakers to the historic district. The celebration was held from noon to 6 p.m., ushering hundreds of visitors to the streets of Wadsworth and Grandview.

Olde Town Business Improvement Director Joe Hengstler heralded the event as a potential turning point in the pandemic.

“It was two years ago about today that BID cancelled Saint Patrick’s Day. That’s why I think it’s so important and special that we are now—I hope I’m not being too optimistic—at this turning point in the pandemic where we will once again be gathering this Saturday in Olde Town Arvada to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day,” Hengstler said.

Big Paddy, Celtic Legacy and Pick & Howl played the mainstage on Grandview Avenue, while Tumbledown Shack and Ponder the Albatross cranked out the tunes on the Town Square Stage.

Inflatables and games for children were hosted in the square, while Grammy’s Goodies provided food and sweets.