Leprechauns and green drinks and bagpipe players and a dueling piano bar were the talk of the town in Fulshear this weekend.

Thousands of people flocked to the city’s 12th annual Shamrock Shindig on Saturday.

The day’s events begin with a bagpipe performance by Michael Cusack and Richard Kean.

Activities included a children’s area with physical challenges, inflatables, face painting and green-hair dyeing.

“We come to this every year,” Katy resident Amanda Johnson said. “The kiddos love it and it makes celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a little safer than if we went into Houston.

“Fulshear is growing. It’s nice to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

After Fulshear/Katy Area Chamber of Commerce president Don McCoy said the invocation and pledge of allegiance, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar set up for its performance.

Children of all ages climbed the steps of the stage and danced along as the pianists performed classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

“This festival is wonderful,” Brazos River Rotary Club Program Chair Andrew VanChow said.

“It attracts folks from near and far. It brings people together and I think that’s what matters.”

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers said this is an event he couldn’t miss. “I’ve been working all day,” Meyers said. “But I couldn’t miss this.”

McCoy said with the Shamrock Shindig over, the Fulshear/Katy Area Chamber of Commerce can focus on its next event: The Fulshear Freedom Fest Fourth of July Celebration.

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