Music, glasses, money raised for charity

By Michelle Costanza

February 22, 2014 Updated Feb 22, 2014 at 1:13 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The BC Celtic Pipe and Drum Band spread beer and cheer Friday night as they bar-hopped across Greater Binghamton.

Bagpipers, friends and family donned their green, packed a bus and traveled to 15 different pubs and bars for the hourslong Great Guinness Toast.

"It's just an awareness for Guinness and also trying to make the largest, simultaneous toast in the world. What we've done here in Binghamton is expanded that to the point where we have a bagpipe band," said Tim Ward of BC Pipes and Drums.

This is the 21st year the group is brought music to the community -- organizing outside and making a grand entrance at each stop.

The popular event had people packing the bars and awaiting the party.

"It's a great time, a lot of high energy and a chance for everyone to celebrate," said a patron at Bobby's Place in Endicott.

T-shirt and hat sales, in addition to bar donations have raised $3,000-$5,000 during past Guinness Toasts.

"Chester B. Lord is always hurting for funding with the state and the cutbacks and all of that. So, a couple of years ago we decided to use the money there," said the Toast Organizer, Leonard Pasquale.

The bus tour started at 3PM and concluded with a final toast at midnight at McGirk's Irish Pub, where the BC Pipe and Drums collaborated with another band.

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