St. Patrick’s Day festivities draw fun, concern from law enforcement


St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and many are excited to partake in the festivities Tallahassee has to offer. 

According to a study done by the U.S. Census Bureau, Info Please and Book of Odds, almost 50 percent of adults plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year. 

In Tallahassee, the numbers are much higher because of three major schools: FSU, FAMU and TCC.

“I can’t wait for the pool party this Saturday at Park Midtown apartment complex hosted by Fire and Ice,” said Bianca Jones, a graduate student from Miramar, Fla. “You can’t go wrong with free food and refreshments poolside.”

Many local entertainment outlets have events planned that cater to the student atmosphere. Liquor sales are projected to peak and many bars will feature drink specials that will tempt people to celebrate.

One featured event on Tallyet.comis the 1st Annual St. Party’s Day Music Festival on Friday at the strip on Tennessee St. starting at 3 p.m. It will focus on full audio/visual production including video mapping technology, never before seen in Tallahassee.  

There will also be two highlighted block parties on Saturday, one hosted by Lavish Entertainment on Gaines St. and the other at AJ’s Sports Bar. 

Ameer Brown, the founder of Lavish Entertainment, says it will be an experience students wont forget. 

“We have a lot of activities planned for this block party,” Brown said. “There will be a performance from rapper Curren$y, drinking olympics and just an overall great celebration.”

Not everyone is looking forward to the hype surrounding this weekend, however.  The Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for impaired drivers in Leon County. 

FHP’s effort is part of a national effort called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

“We have a zero tolerance for impaired driving,” said Col. David Brierton, the FHP director. “Having a designated driver and planning ahead will make your trip safer.” 

There were nearly 18,000 alcohol-related crashes on Florida’s roadways in 2012. 

Students are urged to travel the streets with caution and plan accordingly before going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.