Police crack down on pre- St. Patrick's Day celebration

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Updated: 3/18/2013 10:13 am Published: 3/16/2013 10:31 pm

The Tulsa Police Department teamed up with the Oklahoma's Alcohol and Beverages Law Enforcement agents to crack down on bars serving to intoxicated patrons and underage drinkers during the downtown pre-Saint Patrick's Day block party on Saturday night.

The police expect more than 10,000 people to come through downtown this weekend plus the fans from the Conference USA Basketball Championship games at the BOK Center. 

Last year, without Conference USA in town, 30,000 people celebrated downtown. 

“The overflow of people will make it more of a challenge for us but we have teamed up with ABLE agents and bars and restaurants have hired their own security to look for anyone who could cause harm,” said Tulsa Police Traffic Officer Craig Murray. 

Officer Murray worked security at the BOK Center on Saturday for the basketball fans.

“There were thousands there from Memphis today (Saturday), so they might stay overnight and use Tulsa’s hospitality for their Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.”

McNellie’s Pub’s director of operations Travis Taylor said he knows his servers will have to be responsible with who they are serving and how much they are serving them.

“Our servers are ready to handle the crowds,” said Taylor.  “They are expecting a packed house and so am I.” 

He expects Sunday, the real day Saint Patrick is celebrated on to be even busier downtown. 

In 2012 TPD arrested 17 people for drunk driving.  They were doing saturation then because Saint Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday night. 

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Mayor Maynot - 3/18/2013 7:23 AM
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Unwashed mass AKA dirty sermon <]8^} Yep this is the jewel of the bible belt. What would you like for our guests to see first??? The refineries along with PSO/AEP emitting the refined pollution in the river and air. Or perhaps the house that Oral bilked. Mayhaps they may view the goings on of Gay pride weak. That's no typo! Or hey don't forget how thrilling it will be for them when a downtown local discovers an unattend purse with cash credit card cell phone and laptop hip hop full of souvenir pictures of the neat art deco buildings that are already posted on line reducing the urgency to suffer from identity theft just to come and see the Mayo Hotel. What would our tourists see first. How about the muddiest lakes in the world?? But heck that's not even in Tulsa. It just dumps on Tulsa as it washes on by. Yep Tulsa the tourista vista of the buckle of the bible belt. Rusty diamond.

Mayor Maynot - 3/17/2013 3:11 PM
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Aleman pretend too good. A green camo hat is sufficient ;-) brown shirt black cardigans u will look just like a tree

aleman - 3/17/2013 1:44 PM
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Revenue based crime control...it's why we have such a raging drug problem and are the murder capital and gangfest of America

Unwashed Mass - 3/17/2013 1:27 PM
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It's amazing how hard we work -- and resources we use -- to make sure Tulsa never has a successful tourism economy.

aleman - 3/17/2013 1:17 PM
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Good day for savage stay inside,no drinkem and this holiday heap boring for savage no gottem green clothes either

Mayor Maynot - 3/17/2013 12:46 PM
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There are going to be a lot of people calling in sick tomorrow. Including the Irish Mexicans #8^]]

aleman - 3/17/2013 11:50 AM
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Damned police pickin' on drunken Irishmen...Racism!In reality if it had been some other races the race card woulda been dealt in a heart beat,but when you get down to it drunks kill a lot of people...No Irish Need Apply!

hendricks2009 - 3/17/2013 5:27 AM
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who is tps and why do they arrest people ? fox needs to use spell checker
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