Milwaukee police, bars and restaurants gear up for St. Patrick's Day madness

Parade kicks off holiday festivities
Posted at 10:16 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 23:16:01-05

The city is about to kick off 10 days of excitement in the name of St. Patrick's Day, on top of all the normal activities like the Bucks and Admirals games and local authorities and businesses are preparing.

Starting Saturday, March 11, the city will host a St. Patrick's Day parade through the downtown. An area family is planning on being there.

Call it Milwaukee Madness.

"I have twin daughters so they would love it," said Tiffany Hagey.

But police also know there will be a lot of alcohol consumed over the weekend as well. That has the Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force already taking to the streets.

"Police officers, state patrol will be out on road for the next 10 days looking for impaired driving," said Lt. Gary Gabrish of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The extra period of patrols will be out next week because Milwaukee plays host to part of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as well.

"I took off Thursday and Friday. My husband and I are going to go out and watch March Madness and enjoy the basketball," said Valerie Hanson

And in between the tournament it is  St. Patrick's Day.

"I'm all about St. Paddy's Day so yes, I'm gearing up," Hagey said.

"Our whole neighborhood is going out on Friday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day," Hanson said.

Police say they want people to enjoy all the fun in Milwaukee and the surrounding cities. But don't be surprised if you see an officer in your favorite bar with you as well.

"During those events, during those mornings we will have officers out on foot in tavern areas. We will have them stopping in to talk to people and let them know, 'hey, we are out here, we are looking for impaired driving," Gabrish said. 

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