Local bars and Police prepare for St. Patrick's Day celebrations - KOAM TV 7

Local bars and Police prepare for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

McCarthy Pub in Pittsburg has held a St. Patrick's Day celebration for 30 years.

The owner Bryan Hanson says he expects more than 2,000 people at his bar.

A tent has been set up in the parking lot of the facility a day before the event.

Hanson says it's the busiest day of the year for the bar - and safety for his patrons once they leave is his main goal.

Taxi services will be an option for patrons and police say if you consume alcohol at all - that’s your best bet.

Pittsburg Police will have extra officer on patrol in search of impaired drivers.

The force says if you are going to consume alcohol have a plan before you head out.

Major Narges with the Pittsburg PD says even if you consume one or two drinks you still could be arrested.

"Just because your are not over .08 limit - if there is impairment while driving you still can be arrested for driving under the influence" said Narges.

McCarthy's Pub will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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