Manhattan and Aggieville businesses are ready to go for Saturday’s Fake Patty’s Day, as thousands of college students and assorted partiers from around the region celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early.
And so, fortunately, are five different law enforcement agencies.
“We have had meetings with all of our managers for the last three weeks, trying to figure out how many people we need,” said Alex Smith, a Rusty’s Last Chance and Kite’s Grille and Bar house manager.
Aggieville is expected to be flooded with green people, green beer and green Baylor fans on Saturday, but Aggieville bars have different plans for how they will handle the alcohol-focused event.
For example, not every bar will serve green beer.
That’s the case for Keltic Star, a British/Irish pub at 1215 Moro St.
General manager Darren McCall said the 75-capacity pub would not have green beverages — because the pub’s goal is to keep patrons’ experiences as authentic as possible.
McCall said that there would be lots of Guinness and Jameson available, but only fish and chips for the menu to keep the day simple for staff.
Some bars will offer only green beer – including Kites, 615 N. 12th St., and Rusty’s, 1215 Moro St.
Despite thousands of college kids drinking all day, Smith said his bars were prepared to serve.
“It’s just another Friday night that’s just 20 or 21 hours long, basically,” he said. “It’s very tiring, but it’s a great thing for everybody down here.”
While some bars will encourage a party atmosphere, others will be more relaxed, including Aggie Central Station and Keltic Star.
Aggie Central Station’s bartending manager Steve Keck said the bar would have just one green beer on tap.
“We just want to have fun. We don’t want to have a party vibe,” Keck said.
To keep with the Irish theme, the Station at 1115 Moro St., will have a band playing at 4 p.m. called Flannigan’s Right Hook.
Aggieville merchants aren’t the only ones getting ready for the fake holiday.
The City of Manhattan, along with the Riley County Police Department, have made preparations, as well, bringing in extra law enforcement from other cities to help control elevated alcohol and nuisance crimes.
“Unfortunately, in the past, many attendees have perceived Fake Patty’s Day as an opportunity to act irresponsibly without consequences,” a collaborative statement from the city and RCPD said.
“The event has been associated with many negative issues, including overcrowding, public intoxication, traffic congestion, illegal parking, acts of violence and trash nuisances.”
The RCPD Twitter account, operated by officer Matthew Droge, has been active all week – preparing the holiday’s patrons for what is legal, what is not and consequences for breaking the law.
A document about laws and citations, on view at cityofmhk.com, lists the implications of everything from parking illegally to marijuana use and open container laws.
Above all else, however, law enforcement agencies and Aggieville businessfolk keep reminding Fake Patty’s Day patrons not to drink and drive.
“Everyone have fun and stay safe,” Smith said.