With temperatures in the 80s and people in shorts and flip-flops, St. Patrick's Day resembled Memorial Day, but the emerald-colored T-shirts and hats and "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" and "Feeling Lucky" slogans let you know it was the day for the wearing of the green -- and the drinking of the green beer.
Customers partied inside Patrick's Steaks & Spirits and in a tent in the parking lot. Irish Potato Soup was a special of the day and Irish Car Bombs, which bartender Bart Howell said were made of Bailey's Irish Cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Guiness beer, were a drink special.
Two-month-old Emerson Nunn celebrated her first St. Patrick's Day at Patrick's. Her parents are Michael and Erin Nunn. Erin is the former Erin Green -- an appropriate name for St. Paddy's Day.
Another "Erin" -- Erin Ringhofer -- and Nathan Russell celebrated St. Patrick's Day at Celtic Crossing. They were engaged Friday night.
Asked why he didn't propose on St. Patrick's Day, Nathan said it was because of Erin's name: "It's already her holiday. I want to have another holiday. We need two days to celebrate."
Gloria McIntyre, 83, celebrated as she does each St. Patrick's Day, with her grandsons Matt Prager and Bo Reed at Celtic Crossing. "My granny goes, 'We're going to have a drink,' I'm there," Matt said.
In honor of the day, Celtic Crossing served corned beef sliders. Owner D.J. Naylor said he ordered 20 16-pound briskets, which came from Ireland. Helping him at the bar was his nephew, Conor Naylor, from County Mayo in Ireland.
Over at The Dublin House, deejay John Moyles played music by Irish groups, including The Pogues, Flogging Molly, The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and U2.
Tui Mataele celebrated with family members at Murphy's. Tui said he's 25 percent Irish and 50 percent Tongan. His background also includes English, German, Scottish and Cherokee.
The Brass Door featured live music and an alley party. Executive chef Scott Donnelly said his St. Patrick's Day fare included fish and chips, grilled bratwurst and "good old American cheeseburgers."
Bradley W. Forsling from Atlanta celebrated his March 17 birthday with his buddy, William Hennessy, at The Brass Door.
Asked what it's like to celebrate your birthday on St. Patrick's Day, Bradley said, "Terrific. For one, everybody wants to party on your birthday."
The Brew Movement
People celebrated St. Patrick's Day early at The Brew Movement on Thursday night at Chickasaw Oaks Village.
Craft and home-brewed beers were available for tasting along with hors d'oeuvres from Just for Lunch and Ciao Bella Italian Grill.
"In a couple of days, everybody will be Irish," said Rick Kiphut, one of the volunteers pouring beer for guests. "We're all Irish right now."
Instead of "volunteers," his wife, Faith Kiphut, said, "We like to be known as 'pouring pleasurists.'"
Beer was provided by Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs, Memphis Brewers Association and Southwestern Distributing, said organizer Joe Barnes. All proceeds went to the Mid-South chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Nicole Fox gave a talk on what it's like living with multiple sclerosis. Live music was provided by Thorny Hops and Jeff Jones, who also has multiple sclerosis.
Manning their food stations were Ann Barnes from Just For Lunch and Jonathan Steenerson from Ciao Bella Italian Grill.
-- Michael Donahue: (901) 529-2797; firstname.lastname@example.org