Manhattan Celebrates Fake St. Patrick's Day

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Little Apple spent its Saturday celebrating a fake holiday tradition.

Cold weather and a K-State basketball game kept the streets of Aggieville fairly open throughout the morning, but in no time at all, the entire area was packed with green.

"We’re just out here for Fake Patty’s weekend enjoying the day," said Jarard Milo. "Hope everybody has fun. We just came out trying to see what everybody is doing right now and plan on coming out later tonight and having fun."

While keeping things under control has been an issue in the past, this year’s celebration went much smoother than expected. Police believe this is largely due to the awareness of additional law enforcement being taken by party-goers.

“We’re on a good start," said Public Information Officer Matthew Droge. "We’re on track to have maybe a record breaking year in the opposite direction than we were going. I think that’s a testament to the officers out there doing proactive work. The people who are participating are making better decisions, possibly there were better educational opportunities about the laws this year.”

More information regarding arrests and citations is expected to be released Monday.