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MAP: Portland Police to Increase Patrols on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

If you’re reaching for the green beer, or the spring break party hat this weekend, leave the car keys at home. 

That’s the message from the Portland Police Bureau, which will be running extra patrols throughout the month to enforce Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) violations. 

As St. Patrick’s Day revelers take to the city’s Irish pubs over the weekend, an increased police presence will be out specifically looking for impaired drivers. 

“If you choose to drink, please do it responsibly and remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement. 

Click the map below to see a GoLocalPDX selection of St. Patrick's Day events 

In February of this year, police arrested several drivers who were under the influence of intoxicants. Driving under the influence of drugs — prescription or otherwise — also constitutes grounds for a DUII arrest. 

Portland Police would like to remind the public drug impaired driving is certainly just as dangerous as alcohol impaired driving. 

“We hope everyone will enjoy this year's St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break celebrations; but please continue to find your designated drivers, use mass transit or taxi services,” police said. 

Washington law enforcement, including officers from Vancouver, Camas, and Battle Ground, will also be out in added numbers between March 14 and March 17 over the course of the St. Patrick’s day weekend. 

“Celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Extra DUI Patrols will be working!” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. 

Patrols will be out on county roads, city streets in Vancouver, and state highways. The sheriff’s office said strict enforcement is a proven method of reducing deaths by drunk driving, but that it is up to drivers to know their limits. 

“We are encouraging everyone to do their part this St. Patricks day time to prevent an impaired driver from getting behind the wheel,” the sheriff’s office said. “Choose your ride! Call a cab! Call a friend! Take their keys!”

If you see a driver you believe to be impaired, call 911. 

 

Related Slideshow: 12 Things to Do St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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1. St. Paddy's Fest

Keep the party going for days and check out Kells Annual St. Patrick’s Festival this Friday – Tuesday. Sponsored by Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, attendees will be able to relax in the pub or take part in the fun happenings inside the Kells Festival Tent. The Tent offers entertainment ranging from Irish dances, musical sets, and even a live showing of a Timbers’ game. For those of us with kids, the festival has kids’ entertainment on Saturday, 11am – 5pm & Sunday 11am – 3pm. So bring the wee ones down to enjoy crafts, live music, Irish dancers, and face painting.

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Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave, (503) 227-4057. March 14th- 17th, Friday – Tuesday.  

Photo Credit: Kells Irish Portland Site (Image Cropped)

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2. Rogue Garage Sale

Also happening this weekend, is the Rogue Garage Sale hosted by the brewpub, Rogue Hall. This is a great way to discover some good deals during the midst of your St. Patrick’s Day partying. 

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Rogue Hall, 1717 SW Park Ave., (503) 219-800. March 12 – 16, Thursday – Monday, 11am - 7pm.

Photo Credit: Rogue's Flyer (Image Cropped)

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3. Costume Crawl

For those of you who like to dress up, you may want to check out the Costume Crawl, otherwise known as Stumptown LepreCon2015. This is a free, 21 and over event with only one requirement; attendees must wear costumes. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it has to be green. The event also doubles as a benefit for Portland Police Sunshine Division. Pay for your drinks with cash and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Sunshine Division Inc. This Saturday, release your inner leprechaun and come to Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub to celebrate and support Portland Police Sunshine Division. 

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Starts at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave. Saturday, March 14th, 2:00pm – 10:00pm. 

Photo Credit: Stumptown Events' Facebook (Image Cropped)

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4. St. Paddy's Bar Crawl

On March 14th and 17th, get ready for Portland’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl. The crawl begins at Silver Dollar Pizza Co. and makes its way through the Alphabet District visiting Pizza Schmizza, The Bitter End Pub, Marathon Taverna, and Kingston Saloon. Purchase a 2-day pass and enjoy both nights. 

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Silver Dollar Pizza Co, 501 NW 21st. Ave. Saturday, March 14th 12pm – 2am, and Tuesday, March 17th, 5pm – 12am. 

Photo Credit: Bar Crawl's Homepage (Image Cropped)

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5. McMenamins

Several of McMenamins’ locations will also be hosting St. Paddy’s Day events. Serving up live music, Irish Coffee cocktails and even some face painting, Oregon’s beloved McMenamins is the place to be this Tuesday, March 17th.

For more information click here.

McMenamins’ locations throughout Oregon, (503)- 223- 0109. Tuesday, March 17th, hours vary by location. 

Photo Credit: McMenamins' Webpage (Image Cropped)

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6. Shamrock Run

Get ready to run this Sunday at Portland’s Shamrock Run. Whether you’re a long distance runner or someone just jogging along for fun, the event lets you choose between 5K, 8K, and 15K distances. This isn’t just a race, though. Adding some pep to your step, eight live bands will play this year to keep you in the Irish spirit.

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Waterfront Park, [email protected]. Sunday, March 15th, 7:30 am.

Photo Credit: Shamrock Run's Homepage (Image Cropped)

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7. Paddy's Bar

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s Bar and Grill joins The Children’s Cancer Association in their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. While there will be shenanigans occurring at the pub starting Friday evening, there will also be a celebration on the holiday itself. For just a $10 cover, come enjoy a unique line-up of events (not yet disclosed), food and drinks, and stick around for a chance to earn trip to Ireland. Minors are welcome at the event until 9:30pm on Tuesday. 

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Paddy’s, 65 SW Yamhill St., (503) 224-5626. March 14 – 17. Friday – Saturday, schedule varies by day. 

Photo credit: Paddy’s Homepage (Image Cropped)

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8. All Age Festival

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Oregon Irish Club hosts an all-age festival this Tuesday, March 17th.  The doors will open at 4pm and preceed a fun evening of pipes and drums, the Molly Malone Dancers, and the Ceili Band to name just a few of the events. 

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All Ireland Cultural Society,1933 NE Bryant Street. (503) 286 – 4812. March 17th, Tuesday, 4pm – 9pm. 

Photo Credit: Oregon Irish Club's Homepage (Image Cropped)

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9. Dublin Pub

Come to Dublin Pub for a full day of tasty refreshments and live entertainment this St. Patrick’s day, March 17th. Featuring a full line-up of bands, the pub welcomes performers like Darby O’Gil, Kilty by Association, Keegan Smith & the Fam, and Tyler Carson. If you're ready for some good tunes and tasty treats, jig on down to Dublin's.

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Dublin Pub, 6821 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, (503) 297- 2889. Tuesday, March 17th, Events start at 2pm.

Photo Credit: Dublin Pub's Webpage (Image Cropped)

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10. EastBurn Celebration

Grab a pint or four this St. Patrick’s Day at EastBurn, pub and restaurant. Offering delicious food and craft beer, EastBurn is a great place to celebrate this Tuesday, March 17th.

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EastBurn, 1800 E. Burnside St., 503-236-2876. Tuesday, March 17th, 11am – 2:30am. 

Photo Credit: EastBurn's Facebook Page (Image Cropped)

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11. Toast to Cocktails

If you like mixing literature with liquid pleasure, then come on down to Portland’s Bull in China for a book signing with Jacob Grier. Grier is a popular blogger and beer expert who recently came out with a book, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer. So this Tuesday, pick up purchase your very own, signed copy and enjoy a drink or two in the process. 

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Bull in China, 4011 N. Williams Ave., (503) 449. 2644. Tuesday, March 17th, 6pm – 8pm.

Photo Credit: Bull in China (Image Cropped)

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12. Fundraiser

For the 7th year in a row, Thirsty Lion and St. Baldrick’s partner to celebrate and raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Oregonians are invited to help raise thousands of dollars this Saturday, March 14th. At each of Thirsty Lion’s locations, there will be a head-shaving event involving “shavees” who have pledged to shave their heads after receiving donations from their friends to go toward St. Baldrick’s foundation. This year, the locations hope to raise over $50,000 toward helping children continue their brave fight against cancer. In the process of raising money, attendees will also enjoy food and drinks from the pub’s customized St. Patrick’s Day menu.

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Thirsty Lion locations, Streets of Tanasbourne, Washington Square, and downtown Portland (888)899-2253. Saturday, March 14th, 2pm – 5pm.

Photo Credit: Thirsty Lion's Webpage (Image Cropped)

 
 

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