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Second annual 'hoolie' will celebrate the

PLATTSBURGH - Champlain Valley Irish Dance is aiming to "paint the town green" for St. Patrick's Day.

Last year, the Irish dancers had their first hoolie, which is the Celtic word for "party."

"It was a resounding success," said the group's president, Marcy McNally.

The sold-out event was held at Westside Ballroom last year, which led organizers to search for a larger venue for this year's function.

This year's hoolie will be held at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall, 47 Woods Falls Road in Altona, Saturday, March 6, from 6-11 p.m. Although it's out of the city, McNally is confident people will make the trek to the Northern Tier for the event.

"People know the venue," she said.

The hoolie, which will be held in the Gold Room, will have the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, with a vegetarian meal also available. They will also have many of the same events as last years.

"We have the same band returning, which was a huge success last year," McNally said, referring to Inisheer, a high-energy group of musicians who play traditional music from Ireland and Scotland.

There will also be prizes given away for the greenest attire, which McNally said adds to the excitement of the evening.

"You can decorate the hall that you're in ... but then the people become the decorations," she said. "That's exciting for us to watch them come in and be [in] crazy, fun outfits."

However, one of the main events will be the dancing by Champlain Valley Irish Dance students.

The organization, which is taught by Marie Short from Montreal, brings old-fashioned Irish dancing into the lives of children as young as 5 years old.

The students will also help in the traditional Ceili dance, which will bring in people from the audience.

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