St. Patrick's Day A Weekend This Year

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

St. Patrick's Day is usually celebrated with a drink or two on March 17th, but this year many revelers are using the entire weekend to celebrate.

All across America, the St. Patrick’s Day party has already begun. If you count parades, green rivers and pints of beer, St. Patrick's Day started early Saturday morning and it's expected to continue through Sunday.

Locally, bars have seen an increase in Saturday customers but Sunday is when pubs will be overflowing and everyone, it seems, will be wearing green and toasting the Emerald Isle.

Clancy's at 114th and Dodge is doing a good business for St. Patrick's Eve, but Sunday will be even better. "We do almost a month's worth of business in 24 hours," said Patrick Vondra.

A larger crowd than usual knocked back a few after the parade, but on St. Patrick's Day the tent will be full and it will be standing room only inside the fence. Some people will turn St. Patrick's Day into "St. Patrick's Weekend." A few will make it a three-day weekend.

"A lot of people just can't wait to get going so they jumped the gun a little early and get out here as soon as they can," said Vondra. "Some people will go out on both days, Saturday and Sunday, some even started yesterday. Our main day is Sunday, but there are a lot of people taking advantage of having a Saturday off as well."

St. Patrick's Day ends for Haley Jones and her friends on Saturday night. The green clothing, green beer and celebration won't go any further than closing time Saturday. "No, because we have to go to work on Monday at 8 a.m. so we're going out on Saturday because Sunday we can't stay out too late."

Because even on St. Patrick's weekend, there are limits to the amount of fun anyone can have. To cut down on any dangerous driving situations, Clancy's is providing bus service to all of their locations. The bus, as well as admission to all Clancy's, is paid for with one cover charge, $5 until 2 p.m., $10 after 2 p.m.

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