RALEIGH, N. C. WTVD — The music is playing and tables are full as St. Patricks Day celebrations kick-off this weekend. . . Its nice to know that a year ago we were basically shutting down. And now were back to a little normality, said Raleigh resident David Wright. . . Usually, people would flock to downtown Raleigh for the St. Patricks Day parade and celebrations would continue at local bars and restaurants but this year is just a bit different. . . The social distancing is definitely going to be the biggest thing. We are doing bagpipers. We are doing bands but six feet across. So its a little bit different, said Hibernian Pub general manager Wesley Alexander. . . The usual St. Patricks Day hotspot, Hibernian on Glenwood South sold tickets to reserve tables to help keep their customers safe. But theyre just happy to see their tables full again. . It is not what were used to but Im going to tell you we are very happy. Everybody in the building is happy were able to do this, Alexander said. . . Even though the crowds arent as big, people still pulled out their kilts and their green, and theyre hopeful for the future. . . Even when St. Patricks day is done and over with, when future holidays come up – people will still remember that COVID was a thing and that the dark times can still come and we can still get past it, said Daniel Johnson, of Raleigh. . . Because of the current mandate, bars and restaurants across the state stop serving alcohol at 11 p. m. hence why businesses are closing at midnight, instead of their usual 2 a. m.