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PHOTO GALLERY: BFD's Pipes and Drums Band bring Saint Patrick's Day spirit to downtown Bakersfield

Three Bakersfield City firefighters rang in Saint Patrick's Day on Wednesday, parading around downtown decked out in kilts and playing the bagpipes and drums before taking the festivities to Station 1 on H Street. The three men — Capt. Tim Ortiz, Firefighter Paul Alvarado and Engineer Sal Alvarado — make up the department's Pipes and Drums Band. According to spokesman Michael Walkley, the trio are regular contributors at fire department events, playing at recruit graduations, 911 ceremonies and funerals of retired and fallen firefighters.