2023 Cape Fear Hooley held at Waterline Brewing Co.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Despite the rain, people gathered outside Waterline Brewing Company Saturday for an afternoon of beer and Irish music.

The sixth annual Cape Fear Hooley Saturday featured dancing, music, food and drinks.

“We couldn’t have asked for better Irish weather than we have right now,” said Greg Mosher, a member of the Port City Irish Productions Committee. “This is the best way to celebrate Irish heritage and culture, by sitting in a little bit of spitting rain, drinking an Irish Hooley Red, and listening to some great Irish music.”

WECT’s Daniella Hankey MCed the event.

Entry to the event was free, but donations collected during the event will go toward funding the annual Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

“The best part of this event is just the camaraderie and everybody getting together and celebrating Irish culture and Irish music. It’s a great fundraiser to put on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, everybody has fun and it’s just a great event,” Mosher said.

Waterline Brewing Company is located at 721 Surry St. in Wilmington. Their new “Hooley Red” ale was available for the event.