The Irish eyes were smiling in Burlington Sunday for the annual parade and St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
But for some the holiday is also an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Live music greeted patrons outside Ri Ra's Irish pub in Burlington and the line to get into the business stretched down the block. Inside, party goers were dressed to the nines in the green and gold.
The bar is donating a dollar for each Switchback and Guinness beer sold to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Ri Ra's Manager Phil Henry said it's a great cause on a holiday dedicated to the Irish. "The important thing is just to remember the Irish heritage and a lot of people, this is the time of year that they celebrate it so that is what is important about it," he said.
The goal was to raise several thousand dollars for the summer camp for kids with cancer. Businesses up and down church street were also celebrating the holiday. Burlington's Irish Heritage Festival run until March 30th.