Downtown streets reopen after St. Pat's block party

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SLIDESHOW: St. Patrick's Day in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - For the second straight year, an entire block in downtown Sacramento was shut down for St. Patrick's Day festivities and the crowd all but flooded L Street between 15th and 16th.

For businesses in the area, the rush of customers Wednesday night was as good as hoped.

"Everyone's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day," said de Vere's Irish Pub co-owner Simon de Vere White. "I guess the Irish are known for having a good time."

He and his brother Henry, along with the Mix nightclub next door, arranged for the closing of L Street in front of their establishments.

"Sacramento enjoys this and they're appreciating it and loving it. And we're appreciating having them," said Mix General Manager Rob Macias. "It's a good night for everyone."

But what is it about this day that makes people buy a little more alcohol than they might on other holidays like New Year's Eve or 4th of July?

"That's a great question," said White, happy that hundreds of people paid the $25 entrance fee to his event, not including money for drinks.

"It's expensive," said partygoer Kristin Wolf. She continued with a smile. "That's why you have other people buy you drinks."

The Marriott Residence Inn next door to de Vere's reported their occupancy was near capacity, a sign that perhaps an agreement with the Irish pub went well.

Prior to St. Patrick's Day, de Vere's and Marriott offered a deal to give people a place to stay downtown, so they wouldn't have to drive after drinking. Anyone who bought tickets to the L Street block party was given a reduced rate on a room at the hotel.

As of 10 p.m., Sacramento Police officers on scene said there had been no physical altercations of any significance at the festival.

L Street between 15th and 16th was expected to reopen to traffic at 2 a.m., but wasn't cleared until closer to 5 a.m.

DeVere's said they hope to break even on the event and bring it back next year. The money from their beer sales will be donated to a charity for burn victims.

Written for the web by Will Frampton, wframpton@news10.net.

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