LOWELL -- The city's annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast will feature the leading candidates to replace Gov. Deval Patrick.

State. Sen. Eileen Donoghue, the Lowell Democrat who is hosting the breakfast, has announced that Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steve Grossman, two Democratic gubernatorial candidates will attend and have speaking roles.

Republican Charles Baker, who is again running for governor, also is expected to attend and take a turn at the microphone during the event Monday, March 17 at 7 a.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Donoghue said she also expects candidates from other statewide races to attend.

As always, Donoghue and other local politicians will also be involved and get their turn to act as comedians and take shots in good humor at one another.

Mayor Rodney Elliott will take part, as well state Reps. Tom Golden, Kevin Murphy and David Nangle.

"It is a great opportunity to come together as a community and have some laughs," Donoghue said. "I think this year will be a lot of fun."

City Clerk Michael Geary, who takes over as acting city manager Monday at noon, will also help host the event.

Comedian Mike McDonald will perform and the music will be provided by Boston Blackthorne.

Proceeds will go toward Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, which works to make sure girls are taught independence and personal responsibility.

A limited number of tickets remain available.

They can be purchased by contacting the city's downtown/special events coordinator Chris Samaras at 978-674-1481 or via email, csamaras@lowellma.gov.

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