It was the calm before the storm. The green beer was tapped and the countdown was on.
Dee Myers has been here before, and she knows what to expect.
"Keep a positive attitude," Myers said on St. Patrick's Day eve as she served up another Bud Light at the Shamrock Tavern.
Myers and the rest of the crew at The Rock are celebrating their biggest day of the year. Doors open at 8 a.m. today and will remain open for 18 straight hours. Few parties can compare to the one the Shamrock Tavern has thrown each St. Patty's Day for more than a half of a century.
What makes this day so special?
"You're allowed to look and act as cheesy as you want and nobody cares," said Myers, who is serving up the green suds for the third straight year. "Everybody's Irish (on St. Patrick's Day), that's for sure."
Along with the green beer, painted faces, funny hats, beads other assorted St. Patrick's Day attire, another highlight is the Rock's famous corned beef sandwiches, with serving to begin at 11 a.m.
The Shamrock Tavern is located at 14 N. Hester St. in Uptown Norwalk.