Atlantic City Officials, Local Business Prepare for St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Atlantic City will show off its Irish as the city hosts the 32nd St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th. Over the years, thousands of people, Irish or not, have come out on the Boardwalk for the festivities.

But the Atlantic City Police Department wants all visitors and residents to know, even though they want you to have a good time, they'll be strictly enforcing the law.

Sergeant Kevin Fair explains that Atlantic City's police officers are used to having these large events in the city, so they're well versed in what's to come. Atlantic City St Patric's Day Parade

“We know we’re going to get out crowds. We know we’re going to get some underage drinkers, and we just combat that. We’re going to have our fully uniformed officers, we’re also going to have plain-clothed officers out there enforcing the rules and the laws,” said Sgt. Fair.

This year, the Atlantic City Police Department's fully operational surveillance center on the boardwalk will be up and running with cameras all over the parade route monitoring the area. In addition to this, they will have extra officers specifically looking for drunk drivers. 

“They’ll be making motor vehicle stops, and if it gets to the point like a field sobriety test needs to be conducted and an arrest needs to be made, then they will do that," said Sgt. Fair.

But the officers aren't the only ones getting ready for the day.

Local businesses such as Atlantic City's brand-new BierGarten will be prepping for the crowds while they serve up their 30 craft beers. Nicholas Dounoulis, owner of BierGarten Atlantic City and Bungalow Beach Bar, both located right on the Boardwalk, is holding a soft opening for the beer garden during the parade.  

Dounoulis says he's excited to be opening almost a month before their original anticipated date, just in time for the St. Patrick's Day crowds.

“There's 350 feet of frontage and there’s stools so that every stool there is a front row seat to any parade," said Dounoulis.

If you're looking to try out some new brews and for some exciting St. Patrick's Day festivities, the Atlantic City Police has one request: Do not drink and drive. Sergeant Fair urges event goers to have a designated driver, take a cab, or The Jitney. 

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