Friday, December 19, 2014

Utica bars prepare for a busy day after the parade

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Many Utica bar owners are gearing up for a big day Saturday following the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. They anticipate thousands of people to fill the street during the day.

"It's one of the biggest days of the year for us," said Michael McNamara, bar manager at Nail Creek.

McNamara says the day of Utica's St. Patrick's Day Parade is like a busy Saranac Thursday, but lasting all day.

Nail Creek plans to open 8 am Saturday offering free t-shirts to the first 100 people to buy a drink. Saturday preparing

"Got at least 15 or so kegs delivered today, we got the Port-a-Johns set up, we broke all the ice on the deck, so it'll be nice and clear for the crowds," said McNamara. "I've been here since 10:30 in the morning so it's been a long day and tomorrows another."

O'Donnell's says they're switching from bottles to cans to be safer with the expected crowds.

Many bars are looking forward to potentially benefiting twice from the Irish holiday this year with the parade now a weekend before the actual St. Patrick's Day.

"It definitely helps out. They do that because of the bigger bands and stuff they try and get go to the bigger cities for the actual St. Patrick's Day weekend," said McNamara. "So it definitely benefits us because you get an increased crowd on both weekends."

The extra festivities, mean extra security. Utica police estimate that they're looking at a minimum of $5,000 in overtime for Saturday overtime that will increase if the bars hold events next weekend as well.