There was plenty of laughter and shenanigans at the top of the evening on March 14, when City Manager Eileen Donoghue and state Sen. Ed Kennedy hosted the 32nd annual Lowell St. Patrick's Day Dinner at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.
The Grand Ballroom was a sea of green with the 400 Irish eyes of smilin' leprechauns. They filled their little pots of gold with traditional Irish fare and gulped Guinness as they listened to hilarious well-known Lowell politicos and, course, the most popular governor in the country, Charlie Baker. This year's headlining comedian was Joe Yannetty. Joe began his career in Cambridge, played comedy clubs in New York, Las Vegas and the West Coast, and appeared at Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center.
The proud leprechauns stood tall for the Lowell High School Honor Guard's presentation of colors, the LHS Special Chorus singing the national anthem, Madra Rua eloquently singing the Irish national anthem, and the Rev. Richard Clancy's opening prayer.
The St. Paddy's festivities didn't stop with blarney from the clever and witty panel made up of Donoghue, Kennedy, Baker, Mayor William Samaras, state Reps. Tom Golden, David Nangle and Rady Mom, who was in a league of his own with funny jokes that even he howled at, and the two best-dressed on the podium, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
This year's event raised $13,000 for Lowell Community Health Center Teen BLOCK.