The Summit County OVI Task Force caught four people for during under the influence during two St. Patrick's Day checkpoints.
CLEVELAND - Downtown Cleveland is gearing up for a huge weekend fueled by the MAC Basketball tournament through Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena and leading into St. Patrick's Day on Sunday.
Last year's parade drew an estimated 500,000 people downtown. The holiday fell on a Saturday where the temperature climbed to a record 77 degrees.
While the MAC draws daily numbers a fraction of that, it's impact is strong.
"We wait all year for the MAC Tournament," said Caitlin Cassidy, general manager of the Harry Buffalo.
The bar and restaurant sits in the shadow of Quicken Loans Arena and remains busy throughout the four-day tournament because the 14 games are spread out with start times between noon and 9 p.m.
"The energy down here is so high because all of the schools come in and there all together and the cheerleaders and the bands come in and play and it's awesome," Cassidy said.
The weekend though only gets busier as the tournament wraps up Saturday leading into the biggest party day of the year Sunday, St. Patrick's Day.
Last year, 500,000 people came down for the parade, enticed by a record high temperature of 77 degrees. This year's expected high is around 40 degrees cooler.
This will be the first St. Patrick's Day for the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.
"Half million people coming downtown, we're very much excited to take on the crowds," said Horseshoe Marketing Director Noah Hirsch.
"Anytime after an Indians game, after a Cavs game, after a big concert we have large crowds so we're definitely ready for it," he said.
"We will be fully staffed and ready to go, full table spread meaning all of our table games will be open and ready we have plenty of people in our cashier cages."
The casino will also have a buffet featuring Irish dishes and Irish beer specials at its bars.
If you're heading down to the parade, note the start this year will be 2:04 p.m. on Sunday, an hour later to accommodate those attending Sunday church services.
St. Patrick's Day 2013
Cleveland police said Monday 29 people, 24 adults and five juveniles, were arrested during the downtown St. Patrick's Day festivities.
For the 146th time, the St. Patrick's Day parade marched through downtown Cleveland to celebrate the day with tens of thousands of people watching.
Riot-equipped police were called out to quell an unruly pre-dawn St. Patrick's Day crowd at the University of Dayton.
With city of Cleveland officials expecting more than 300,000 people downtown for the St. Patrick's Day festivities, here are a few tips to get you through the day.
The 2013 Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade will start at 2:04 p.m., and hour later than the traditional step off time.
Amid the snowflakes and icicles of a Cleveland wintery St. Patrick's day parade in 1993, some shamrocks, kilts, bagpipes could be seen.
The RTA said it's increasing services all day Sunday for St. Patrick's Day. The Cleveland parade starts at 2:04 p.m. this year and hundreds of thousands are expected to head downtown.
The MAC Tournament wraps up Saturday at the "Q" leading into the massive downtown Cleveland celebration that is the St. Patrick's Day parade.
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