Rain puts damper on Dunedin St. Patrick's Day festival

Event usually draws thousands of people

Dunedin, Fla. - A Dunedin St. Patrick's Day festival that usually draws thousands to the city's downtown saw far fewer people Monday as heavy rain moved through the area.

Robert Haver, owner of Stirling Tropical Wines, a bar down the block from Flanagan's Irish Pub, the restaurant that puts on the festival, said the bad weather was significantly hurting his business. He estimated a loss of at least $2,000.

"We're hoping this clears up, and people come out and enjoy our beautiful downtown," Haver said.

That sentiment was echoed by Flanagan's co-owner Dale Ayers. He said they were forced to move the food and live music indoors Monday as the rain picked up. He hoped to move the entertainment back outside Monday evening.

The festival is scheduled to run until 11 p.m. Monday. For more information about the festival, click here .

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