Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration brings on new tradition

Thousands filled up the Blue Dome District to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The St. Patrick's Day party was hopping all day long.

Thousands filled up the Blue Dome District to celebrate St. Paddy's Day.

"My birthday is actually on Monday so we are out here celebrating today and tonight for my birthday, 26 years old," Cortniee Miller said.

Whether it is for celebrating a birthday or listening to the live bands, everyone enjoyed.

"We love the food, the food trucks, so we came out especially for the food trucks during the day and we are super excited at night for the tents," Malea Gordon said.

Some, like Russell Davis has been waiting for this all year.

"We've got parties at McNellie's, Arnie's, the Guthrie Green for the Irish Festival and I came last year and it was great and I wanted to come back," Davis said.

This celebration has been going on for 62 years.

This year, co-owner of Arnie's, Jo Armstrong, decided to do something different.

The idea came to her a few weeks ago when a teacher friend told her she was out of pencils.

"All we could think was 'oh my gosh, pencils? Are you serious?' That isn't OK," Armstrong said.

But it is a harsh reality for so many teachers.

So, what better way to celebrate our teachers than at one of the biggest parties of the year.

"When we are going to have this many people together as a community why not use it for something really positive," Armstrong said.

There's no charge to get into the 62nd annual St. Patrick's Day party.

"But everybody who brings school supplies for teachers, they can be entered into a chance to win a really sweet set of tickets that we have for the U2 concert coming up," Armstrong said.

A win, win for everyone.

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