This annual event has been a Pensacola tradition, a ritual even, for more than 40 years.
It’s a run, technically. More than 15,000 folks will line up at the starting line at McGuire’s Irish Pub, accompanied by the sound of the McGuire’s Irish Bagpipe band. Those who actually run, wearing short shorts of breathable fabrics, will dart away and leave behind the rest of us.
When the bagpipes play and a cannon sounds to start, thousands of suddenly Irish citizens, many wearing kilts, leprechaun costumes or green tutu’s — sometimes all at the same time, will surge, sway and swagger around Pensacola’s bayfront and historic downtown.