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Cops, Checkpoints This Weekend for Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Festivities

It's St. Patrick's Day this weekend and Phoenix pubs are getting ready. The St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire is taking place in Phoenix this weekend on Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m.

The parade starts at Sheridan and Third streets and will finish at Margaret T. Hance Park at 1134 N. Central Ave.

The fair will take place immediately after the parade. And while admission to the parade is fee, the admission to the fair is $8-$10 for anyone over the age of 12.

The Irish Cultural Center is hosting the parade in an effort to educate the public that St. Patrick’s Day is about more than chugging a pint of Guinness. The parade will feature various aspects of Irish culture, including Irish step dancers, bagpipers and marching bands, writes The Arizona Republic.

Local police will be stepping up their efforts to deter DUIs on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and in the days leading up to it. Scottsdale Police will be out conducting a DUI checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Scottsdale Road and Palm Lane. The checkpoint will be on the southbound side of Scottsdale Road, reports The Associated Press.

In addition, DPS, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Surprise Police Departments and Maricopa County Adult Probation Department will be picking up people with outstanding drunk driving warrants. Suspects are being booked at a command post on March 15 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

There is no alcohol allowed at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but that doesn’t meant that parade onlookers won’t be hitting up the Irish pubs in post-parade celebration.

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Just remember the 17th will be a heavily monitored day for DUIs, and the police will be out in full force, so drink responsibly.

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