It’s that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us, and whether you are a member of the green team or not it is a day and a night to party hardy. I used to I double lock myself in a room and wait for it to pass, but in the last decade or so the holiday has become universal and a great deal of fun. One event that I can always recommend is Patrick McMullan’s St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. This is the 31st annual. For me it’s a chance to see what’s left of the old guard and observe how better “preserved” I am. Some look better but those aren’t actually preserved, they are nipped, tucked or just plain pickled. This year there will be Irish dancers, a live performance from Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, and Patrick’s son Liam McMullan will DJ. I’ve known Liam since he was just weeks old as he was a constant fixture on the club scene as an infant and through and beyond his Wonder Bread years. He is indeed a club kid.
This shindig has no cover. It will be held at BPM (516 West 42 Street) and it starts around 9 p.m. Patrick McMullan is a photographer who has chronicled nightlife and social life for decades. He is a nightlife legend. He is the force behind PMC Magazine and an all around good man. I caught up with him and asked him a wee bit about it.
How many of these St. Patrick’s Day parties have you hosted?
Honestly I lost count, but probably over 30
What is the event going to be like?
I get that question from everyone but I hope it will be a combination of old friends, new friends, artists and whoever wants to have a good time!
Tell me about your business.
It can be overwhelming but it also very exciting. For instance, tomorrow I’m shooting an event for the tattoo artist JK5 and then on Friday I am shooting the 2015 FDNY calendar and yes, the sexy one!
Do you enjoy going out to this day… er night?
Absolutely, but sometimes it can be hard to get out of the door.
Your son Liam is DJing the event. Tell me about when he started experiencing clubs.
He came to a Stephen Sprouse party when he was only 3 weeks old! His first nightclub was The World but he left with his mother after dinner. Liam loves nightlife and he is a true renaissance man. He hosts and DJs at the Electric Room and is always doing something exciting.