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St. Patrick's Day parade scrapped in L.A., but the party goes on

March 17, 2010 |  8:31 am

Los Angeles city officials scrapped plans for downtown's annual St. Patrick's Day parade this year because of budget cuts, but revelers looking to celebrate the Irish holiday have other options.

A Saint Patrick's Day festival at downtown's L.A. Live entertainment complex will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a beer garden, traditional Irish food and performances by bagpipers.

And then there are the city's Irish bars. Two of them in the Fairfax district, Tom Bergin's Tavern and Molly Malones, opened at 6 a.m.

City officials have said they thought it would appear unseemly to spend money on traffic control for a parade in the midst of a growing budget crisis.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Tommy O'Farell, left, and Kathleen Merideth get into the sprit at L.A. Live on Wednesday. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)