Fake Patty’s Day has grown immensely in its nearly five years of existence. The “drinking holiday” has drawn the ire of many Manhattan residents and is quickly gaining a reputation outside of Manhattan.
Two Sterling High School students wore green in spirit of the holiday despite the school’s traditional black t-shirt. Both students said they knew about the event before even attending the 2A state tournament final and described the event as crazy.
“Get ready to see a lot of drunk people and have some fun,” Trevonte Bell said.
The two high schoolers said they did not feel unsafe in Aggieville, citing the large police presence.
Although the two high schoolers gravitated toward Aggieville, Jefferson County North fans, who were dressed in the holiday’s traditional green attire, looked to avoid the area completely.
Two Jefferson County North fans, who were staying at the Super 8 Motel, had their car keyed early Saturday morning. Hotel staff and tournament officials informed the couple of the party-like atmosphere that hits Manhattan, one week before St. Patrick’s day. Other Jefferson County fans said they knew about the event before even attending the tournament. The results were mixed among the Meade fans in attendance. Those fans declined to be interviewed.