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St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Over half of the American population is planning to celebrate this year and Baltimore has no shortage of shamrock festivities. If you’re not quite sure what to do this weekend, this list provided by Visit Baltimore highlights several local events to get you in the Irish spirit:
Shamrocks & Shenanigans with DJ Pauly D
Mar. 15 | 8 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Featuring DJ Pauly D, and Baltimore-based opener JANKO. General admission and exclusive party packages are available.
Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Mar. 16 - 17
$5 will be donated toward three community organizations: The Maryland Food Bank, Oyster Recovery Partnership and Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.
Baltimore Shamrock Crawl
Mar. 16 | 1 – 9 p.m. | Fell’s Point Baltimore
Discounted drinks and food plus a raffle for great prizes.
Federal Hill Irish Stroll
Mar. 16 | 1 – 9 p.m. | Federal Hill Baltimore
Cover-free access to Fed Hill’s best bars and restaurants.
Kegs & Eggs Rally at Power Plant Live
Mar. 16 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Annual day-long festivities including music, confetti cannons and green beer while exploring the eight all-access bars in the Alley.
Celtic Women: Ancient Land
Mar. 17 | 11 a.m. | James Joyce
Global musical sensation Celtic Woman is making a stop in Baltimore on their U.S. tour, celebrating Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage.
St. Patrick’s Day at James Joyce
Mar. 17 | 11 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. | James Joyce
For more information on events, check out Visit Baltimore for tickets and details about specific celebrations.
Picking an event to attend this St. Patrick’s Day is not the only plans you should be making for the weekend. Not even the luck of the Irish will protect you from these holiday safety hazards that can quickly turn a shamrock celebration into a St. Patty’s Day nightmare.
With hundreds of people planning to celebrate in Baltimore, the risk of pedestrian traffic accidents on St. Patrick’s Day skyrockets. Crowded streets can pose significant dangers to pedestrians, especially when a large number of them will most likely be under the influence of alcohol. Last year, 36 percent of pedestrians killed in car crashes had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk pedestrians increase their risk of injuries from accidents such as slip, trip, and falls, physical altercations, or being hit by a motor vehicle if stumbling on to a busy road.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on the road with an increase in drunk drivers taking a chance behind the wheel. Traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers involving other vehicles and pedestrians immensely increase with about 3 out of 4 fatal crashes on St. Patrick’s day involving a driver whose blood alcohol level was at least twice the legal limit. Drunk drivers put everyone on the road at risk and can cause catastrophic injuries and unnecessary fatalities as a result.
Drivers who are not paying attention to the road can easily hit other vehicles or pedestrians crossing or entering the road, even if they only look away for a second. Cell phones, rowdy passengers, and outside distractions from holiday festivities are the biggest culprits when it comes to increasing distracted driving on St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is known as the fourth most popular drinking day of the year, and some participants put their health at serious risk when they get carried away. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and severe dehydration, both of which could prove fatal if a person has had enough to drink. Drink spiking is also an unfortunate danger on St. Patrick’s Day, which can lead to someone to becoming severely ill, especially when drinking alcohol.
Don’t put your health and safety at risk this St. Patrick’s Day just for one day of fun. Review these safety tips for how to prepare for your Irish festivities and celebrate safely this weekend:
Wishing everyone a safe and exciting St. Patrick’s Day weekend!
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