The parades have begun, March is here, and the Jersey Shore is gearing up for one of it's favorite traditions - our world class St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

We celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a series that will look at some of our great Jersey Shore traditions.

For many people at the Jersey Shore, that celebration starts with Kelly's Tavern in Neptune City and with very good reason. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for the celebration.

Liz and I have broadcast our show on St. Patty's Day many times from Kelly's and have been right in the middle of the action, and there is nothing else quite like it. And I haven't even mentioned the live bagpipe music, which is just about my favorite part of it.

So to help celebrate the great St. Patty's Day tradition here at the Jersey Shore, here are three things you may not know about Kelly's Tavern.

Location, location. Kelly's wasn't always where it is now. It originally was located across the highway from where it is today.

Before Kelly's was Kelly's. When Ed and Mabel Kelly bought it, it was known as Rudy's Twin Boro Tavern.

If those walls could talk. Kelly's has been around for nearly 70 St. Patrick's Day celebrations. That's a lot of food, beer and fun. And that certainly qualifies as a 'tradition'.

You can check out more of the history of this legendary Jersey Shore establishment at the Kelly's Tavern website.

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