So if the students didn’t have spring break on actual St Patrick’s day you guys wouldn’t have any problem with the overcrowding, puking, drain on resources, black eye on the city, etc…? New Years has the same over-crowding issues ...
Does it really? I live pretty close to Aggieville and the noise and crowds on Fake Patty’s seem larger than on New Year’s. I always assumed it was because most students were out of town on NYE. But it’s your anecdotal evidence versus mine right now, so since you made that claim—Can you show me stats on who and how many attend each weekend? Know how to get an archive of police reports for each night so we can compare?
ETA: And of course, NYE is an actual event, with scheduled activities and fireworks. The regular St Pat’s Day and football games also have an event tied to those days. Fake Patty’s day has no events, or at least hasn’t in the past, and I’m not seeing evidence of them having any this year, just the Facebook page which says “Join us for our annual day to celebrate our great fake Irish heritage.” That’s pretty weak, as far as pretending to have an actual event goes.
The problem, as you well know, is that this “event” is entirely constructed for the bars to sell drinks in larger quantities than usual. That’s it. And this isn’t a case of simple commercialism, because the product being sold in larger quantities affects behavior, motor skills, etc. It’s not like any set of stores having a sale on, say, pizza, or computers. It’s alcohol. So if you want to compare attendance and damage and arrest records, that’s fine, but the big underlying problem here is that this is a day bar owners invented so they could get more people drunk and make more money. And then a city representative excuses it by saying, hey, we make money when these kids break the law, which helps it pay for itself.
Considering there were only three people on this thread, it’s obvious you mean me, personally, by your crack that I don’t remember how I acted in my youth, as though that were the issue. You wanna get off your judgmental high horse and actually address the issues here?