Get ready for 'random acts of piping' in Greenville Friday night

The Greenville Public Safety Pipes and Drums will hit the town on Friday, March 17, for its annual St, Patrick's Day"Random Drive-by Pipings" Bar Crawl. The local pipe band, wearing kilts in Modern Mitchell tartan, will kick off the evening with a performance of traditional Scottish and Irish bagpipe music at 7 p.m. at A.J. McMurphy's Irish Pub, 1914 Turnbury Dr., which according to the group's press release is "the official pub of the GPSP&D."

The pipe band then will board The Jolly Trolley, "the official transportation of the GPSP&D," and travel around town, making stops at local pubs: 9:30 p.m. -- O'Cools, 605 S.E. Greenville Blvd. 10 p.m. -- Tapped, 650 E. Fire Tower Road, Suite N 10:30 p.m. -- Sup Dogs, 21 E. Fifth St. 11 p.m. -- Christy's Euro Pub, 301 S. Jarvis St. 11:30 p.m. -- Winslow's Deli, 120 W. Fifth St. The pipe band then will return to A.J.'s for an after-party. Non-performing members of the band will be on hand with St. Paddy's Day T-shirts and other merchandise. The GPSP&D is a nonprofit completely funded by donations, all purchases are considered tax. The group was formed in 2008, according to its website, "with the intention of providing funeral and memorial services free of charge to the Police and Fire Community in Eastern NC. This focus has expanded to include military personnel killed in action."

Photos of Greenville Public Safety Pipes & Drums from the organization's Facebook page