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SLO St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off downtown

Some revelers calling themselves “the Anonymous girls from Atascadero” celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Some revelers calling themselves “the Anonymous girls from Atascadero” celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 17, 2017. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

St. Patrick’s Day revelers painted San Luis Obispo green Friday, in an atmosphere police said was festive but calm.

Many downtown bars opened at 6 a.m. in celebration of the holiday, drawing long lines of partiers in search of an early morning drink.

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Frog and Peach Pub at 728 Higuera St. was among the establishments that opened early and was at capacity within 15 minutes, said Jessica Rosenkrans, an assistant manager at the pub.

She said the pub continued serving a good number of customers into the afternoon, and she expected an additional rush later in the evening.

Although Frog and Peach didn’t serve green beer — “It’s so messy,” she said — customers could take advantage of $4 Killian’s Irish Red drafts, Rosenkrans said.

“St. Paddy’s Day is always awesome,” she said.

Just down the street, F. McClintocks Saloon at 686 Higuera St. reported running out of green beer.

Despite the crowds, San Luis Obispo police reported few incidents.

Police arrested three people in the morning, all for public intoxication, Sgt. John Villanti said.

A Cal Poly student was injured about 8 a.m. in a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision on the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard, Villanti said. The student suffered serious injuries, but they were not life-threatening, he said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash, Villanti said.

Police planned to monitor festivities throughout the day and expected more throngs of partygoers into the evening, he said.

San Luis Obispo police, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol also planned to send out extra DUI patrols on Friday night to find intoxicated drivers.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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