St. Patrick's Day; A Drinking Holiday

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Tallahassee is going green again and it's taking some people all the way back to their Irish roots. Tallahassee resident, Mary Powell, says Irish is in her blood. "I'm from a large catholic Irish family. My grandfathers came from Ireland and it's just something we've always celebrated." said Powell.

And if it's not that or a pot of gold they're after, then perhaps it's just a good time to grab a green beer. To make sure the luck of the Irish did not run out, police were out in full force Tuesday. Mothers Against Drunk Driving says 78 Americans were killed in drunk driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day in 2007, which is why they are advising that a designated driver is the most important lucky charm you can have.

Julie Argue, who was dressed in green with her friends at Chez Pierre said, "I think a lot of people probably drink more mid-week than they ever would think they would, but I think if you have a friend or a designated driver, that kind of thing is about the best advice you can have."

Bruce Jeroslow said driving was not a problem for him as he "bar-hopped" to Chez Pierre near his home. "I for one live within walking distance of this establishment, so I feel like I'm being plenty responsible this evening and I hope that others are as well." said Jeroslow.

If you're not in walking distance from the bar or pub and do not have a designated driver, you can log on to the M.A.D.D. site for safety tips.

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