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On March 17 every year, millions toast Ireland and its patron saint at St. Patrick’s Day festivities around the globe — but few do it with the same ardor as Celtic punk band Flogging Molly.

For five years running, the Los Angeles and Ireland-based septet have embarked on their “Green 17 Tour,” a jaunt across North America in celebration of Paddy’s Day. The 2009 edition began Feb. 15 in New York and wrapped up on March 17 in Chicago. Many feel rough come the morn of March 18; imagine the hangover after feasting on drinks for a month.

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