Raise your glass, celebrate St Patrick's Day

A STREAM of green will be flowing from Launceston's Brisbane Street as St Patrick's Day celebrations kick off early at The Irish.

A best dressed competition, face painting, spray- on Celtic tattoos, and a string of live bands will be part of today's festivities.

"Everyone's Irish on St Patrick's Day", according to owner James Harding.

"People say it's the friendliest day of the year, it's certainly the busiest day of the year for us," Mr Harding said.

"We usually get 1000 people through the door during the day."

Acts, including Launceston's Thieves, Schmeltic and Matthew Dames, will perform for the greenest of patrons from 2pm to 1am.

The pub's Bearded Felon brew, made by Morrison's Brewery, will also be on offer - a shout out to the original patron of The Irish, pardoned convict Josiah Pitcher.

Signature dishes, such as Guinness and steak pie and Irish stew, will be served throughout the day, with breakfast being served from 6am.

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