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Man on the Street: St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is a day synonymous with leprechauns, green beer and socially acceptable pinching. Whether the luck of the Irish courses through you or not, St. Patty’s Day is coming up.

For some, it’s a holiday worth going all out for, especially since this year it falls on a Saturday. For others, however, it’s a day like any other with the exception of avoiding driving downtown and throwing on a green article of clothing. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, The Sacramento Press went to the streets to ask Sacramentans, “What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?”

Nick James

Nick James, a 28-year-old barista from Auburn, said that although he is scheduled to work, he will still partake in some festivities.

“I’ll be working, but we’ll probably have some (St. Patrick’s Day) specials. Maybe I’ll get a green beer after work, pinch some people if they’re not wearing green,” he said.

Kaitlyn Saruwatari and Andrew Kirby

Andrew Kirby and Kaitlyn Saruwatari, ages 22 and 21 respectively, are both government interns at the Capitol. Instead of taking part in what some would consider to be traditional festivities, the two friends have alternative plans.

“I might be going to my friend’s cabin in Tahoe to shoot BB guns,” Kirby said with a shrug.

“I don’t have any specific plans. I might be hanging out with him,” Saruwatari said, looking to Kirby.

“My best friend has a grandma who’s 85 and might have a party, so maybe I’ll go to that,” Saruwatari added.

Alissa Conger

Alissa Conger is a 23-year-old stylist from Midtown. In true hair stylist fashion, Conger plans to spend part of the day supporting the volunteers who shave their heads and go bald for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser.

“I want to go to St. Baldrick’s Day at de Vere’s (Irish Pub),” Conger said as she looked up details on her iPhone. “They collect donations for children battling cancer.”

The “go bald for a good cause” event at de Vere’s in Sacramento (There are a bunch locally, all the way up until the 19th) actually occurs on March 12, five days before St. Patrick’s Day. Participants will collect donations for the foundation.

Jesse McCoi

Irish-blooded, Curtis Oaks inhabitant Jesse McCoi, a 39-year-old construction manager, is a St. Patrick’s Day enthusiast. When asked what his plans were, he responded with a definite agenda.

“Pub crawl,” McCoi said with conviction and a smile. “To me, when St. Patrick’s Day is on a weekend, you can take it to the next level, so I decided to do a pub crawl.”

By “do a pub crawl,” McCoi meant that he organized a group of 18 participants and designed T-shirts for the St. Patrick’s Day event he put together.

“Midtown, everyone’s welcome. It’s going to be a good time,” McCoi added. The group is meeting at the Fox and Goose Pub (ironically, an English pub, McCoi’s companion pointed out,) on Saturday.

Joseph Cruz

Where some go all out, others do not observe at all; a demographic that should not go unnoticed. Joseph Cruz, a 32-year-old South Sacramento student said he does not partake in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

“I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day … I’m really busy with school right now,” Cruz said. Cruz is a student at the Fremont Adult School and said he is considering becoming a student at Sacramento City College.

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? Are you attending or organizing a special event you’d like to let us know about? Leave a comment and share your plans for the 17th.

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