St. Patty’s Day festivities start early

Bar crawl

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — People from all over the area are expected to make their way to various pubs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend.

The festivities started early in downtown Youngstown, where people already were dressed in their favorite green and starting to sign up for the annual bar crawl on Friday. A special trolley was shuttling customers from one bar to another.

Area law enforcement agencies said they are planning to increase patrols all weekend and the Mahoning County OVI Task Force will hold a checkpoint on Saturday, as well as conduct saturation patrols.

Sgt. Brett Henderson said the Ohio State Highway Patrol will have extra officers out to keep people safe over the weekend. Henderson said as restaurants and bars open earlier and stay open later, they’ll have officers working overtime.

Some of the big challenges officers said they face on St. Patrick’s Day compared to other drinking holidays is that more businesses are open.

The bar crawl in downtown Youngstown is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the Rescue Mission.

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