Residents of retirement home out to raise spirits for St. Patricks’s Day

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DENVER -- It was an outing pretty much like other outings for the group of men and women from the Clermont Park Retirement Community.

In the past, the group of 80- to 90-year-olds have been to the park, lunch and even bowling.

But Wednesday, their goal was to raise their spirits. It's all part of the group's annual St. Patrick's Day pub crawl.

For John and Mary Heppting, this was their first time with the gray-haired group of guzzlers.

The raucous atmosphere might be new to Mary and John, but the fact is the group has been out saucing it up for St. Patrick's Day for six years.

"Could you order, what do you call these things, potato fries?" one man said.

"There are appetizers, then on the other side they have burgers and Irish stuff entrees," another said.

"Oh, my gosh, they even have bananas foster bread pudding," said another, looking at the tempting Irish menu offered up at The Irish Snug on West Colfax Avenue in Denver.