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Tulsa's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations bring 'pot of gold'

Downtown Tulsa businesses prepare for Saint Patrick's celebrations. (KTUL)
Downtown Tulsa businesses prepare for Saint Patrick's celebrations. (KTUL)
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The city has major road closures today and throughout the weekend for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Tulsa Police Department said while it may be an inconvenience to drivers, the economic growth these celebrations bring to Tulsa’s small businesses makes it all worth it.

“Bars, restaurants, even hotels are going to be full and flooded. It’s going to be a very good economic time for a lot of people,” said Danny Bean, TPD public information officer.

McNellie's and Arnie's Bar have taken over multiple blocks of the Blue Dome District.

“We’ve got four food trucks, four bars outside, seven bands on stage, tables, and chairs for you to sit down and enjoy yourself to watch all the performances,” said Chris Armstrong, owner of Arnie's Bar.

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub also shut down about five blocks of Cherry Street for its annual block party.

Each block party brings thousands to the city.

“In years past, we’ve had as many as 10,000-15,000 people. We’re hoping for a good crowd even with the little bit of chilly weather. Just bundle up, grab a couple of beers and you’ll be just fine," Armstrong said.

TPD said with an influx of traffic comes road safety concerns.

“If you are behind the wheel, be very vigilant. If you’re walking keep your head on a swivel and make sure you’re crossing when you’re supposed to," Bean said.

Police advise travelers to plan for road closures and possible delays because of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations during the weekend.


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