Penn State bars alcohol-free for unofficial “State Patty’s Day” holiday

State Patty's Day will be without alcohol at 34 taverns and restaurants.
State Patty’s Day will be without alcohol at 34 taverns and restaurants.

State Patty’s Day, Penn State student’s early version of the traditional Irish celebration, will be without it’s main ingredient in 2013.

Thirty-four downtown State College taverns and restaurants won’t sell alcohol on Saturday, which marks the unofficial holiday’s sixth installment. The businesses will receive a $5,000 check for lost revenue.

Campus & Community United Against Dangerous Drinking and a collection of university and local leaders announced today that it created an alcohol-free zone for the annual celebration. Establishments will still offer food and non-alcoholic drinks on Feb. 23, but no booze.

“Each year since 2007, when the student-created event began, State Patty’s Day has strained local law enforcement and emergency medical staff; increased vandalism, litter and noise; and been detrimental to the appeal of the campus and Downtown State College,” according to a news release. “Creating an alcohol-free zone in the downtown area represents one of the key efforts in a multipronged attack against the drinking event that has been pushed annually on social media sites.”



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