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Posted on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

'St. Practice Day' pre-parties prepare Ann Arbor for early St. Pat's revelry on Sunday

By Lisa Carolin

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Lisa Carolin | For AnnArbor.com

University of Michigan students clad in everything from Leprechaun hats to green spandex pants, and everything green in between could be spotted along Hill Street near Washtenaw for much of the day Saturday.

The reason: Some University of Michigan fraternities were celebrating St. Patrick's Day a day early by offering party hats and other partying accessories earlier in the day than usual.

According to the Ann Arbor Police Department, there were a lot of parties going on Saturday - dubbed "St. Practice Day" - but nothing too significant.

"It was light compared to a football Saturday," said Sgt. Travis Strang from the AAPD. "We had some noise complaints and some cases where people drank too much, but no one is in custody.

"We're really focused on tomorrow."

That's because on St. Patrick's Day, Strang says six local bars will be opening at 7 a.m. The green beer is already flowing Saturday at area some bars, including the Village Pub on Washtenaw, Banfield's Bar & Grill on Packard, and at Conor O'Neills on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Business was booming this afternoon at the Village Pub and busy as well at Banfield's.

"Today is St. Practice Day," said Caroline Kaganov, general manager of Conor O'Neills. "The place is hopping. We have Irish dancers and bagpipers, Irish music all day, and drink specials every hour."

As one of the bars opening at 7 a.m. Saturday, Conor O'Neills will be offering an Irish breakfast that includes Irish bacon and sausages, black and white pudding, and Irish brown bread (a.k.a. "The Donegal Fry.")

Aubree's in Ypsilanti's Depot Town starts selling its green beer at midnight Saturday and is also offering corned beef and cabbage. At Haab's Restaurant on Michigan Avenue, there will be a St. Patrick's Day dinner Sunday - along with green beer.

Comments

Eli

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.

"The reason: Some University of Michigan fraternities were celebrating St. Patrick's Day a day early by offering party hats and other partying accessories earlier in the day than usual." 1. Frats don't celebrate by giving out "party accessories," just alcohol. 2. "... earlier in the day than usual." Insinuating that usually frats hand out "accessories?" Just later in the day? Nope. 3. I wouldn't consider today "St. Practice Day" because tomorrow there will be such a different, maybe less intense atmosphere. While yes, there will be plenty of activity tomorrow, college students will be recovering and hitting the books.

Sidney

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 9:21 p.m.

Matt Lang, Little do you know, Eli and I are both social chairs and coordinated a 3500 budget for Saturday's festivities. Yes, there will be activity Sunday, but it will not be to the same extent. The students might party on a wednesday night, but contrary to popular belieft Umich students can't study drunk. Cheers boys

Brad

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:34 p.m.

Eli demonstrating his sophomore swagger.

Matt Lang

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

i've lived here for close to 30 years and i have never seen a bigger party day in AA then St. Patricks Day, the exception being football Saturdays.

Eli

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:55 a.m.

Saturday is the main party day, champ. Do you even go here?

Youwhine

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:15 a.m.

Hitting the books??? You are a riot. The students party hard on St. Paddy's if it is a WEDNESDAY. You better believe they will be out in force tomorrow.