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L.A. celebrates St. Patty's without parade

March 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
For this year's St. Patrick's Day there were celebrations happening all over the Southland, one of the biggest taking place in Downtown Los Angeles.

It wasn't just Irish eyes smiling at L.A. Live's St. Patrick's Day festival. It was this year's largest celebration of people, culture and music in Los Angeles.

"It's good to celebrate because if you don't get up and celebrate, it's tough to get up the next day and the more you celebrate, the stronger you are," said Councilman Tom LaBonge.

"They really showed an effort in this and I think it's nice that they put something out there for us to do," said Alex Cortez, Los Angeles.

This year, the city canceled the annual St. Patty's Day Parade due to budget cuts but for most, no parade was no problem.

"It's not going to ruin my celebration at all," said Tia Reid, Los Angeles. "I try to be a little more festive than normal to make up for no parade."

For some, the celebrations started really early.

"At 6 a.m., it was Casey's, then from there we went to Big Wangs and we were there until 9, and then came here and now we're going to Dillon's in Hollywood," said Jamie Rico, Los Angeles. "And we're using public transportation."

Pubs in some parts of town opened their doors at 6 a.m. and folks were lined up for the beer, not breakfast.

"We're just here to enjoy it," said local resident Brandon McConnell. "We started out in Santa Monica. We took a bus at 4:30 in the morning to get down here, and been in line waiting and enjoying it so far."

If you plan on partying this St. Patrick's day, you'll want to do so responsibly because it'll cost you more than the luck of the Irish if you get a DUI. The LAPD say they want you to have fun but they will have sobriety check points out in force, looking for impaired drivers.