City of Manhattan Gearing Up For "Fake Patty's Day" Celebration

By: City of Manhattan Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers
By: City of Manhattan Press Release Posted By Lindsey Rogers

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Fake Patty’s Day will occur in Manhattan on March 9, 2013.

Saint Patrick’s Day usually falls during Kansas State University’s spring break so “Fake Patty’s Day” is held the weekend before students leave.

In past years, the event has been associated with many negative issues including overcrowding, public intoxication, traffic congestion, illegal parking, acts of violence, and trash nuisances. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly. Public and private partners have made the following commitments to ensure a safe and vibrant atmosphere for the weekend:

Law Enforcement: All state and local laws will be enforced during Fake Patty’s Day. Riley County Police Department (RCPD) will assign staff for overlapping shifts during peak times to maximize police presence. In addition, officers from the following agencies have agreed to assist: Kansas State University Police Department, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Junction City Police Department, Emporia Police Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Riley County Community Corrections.

Aggieville Business Association: ABA has applied for a special event permit from the City to authorize the closure of Moro St. (N. Manhattan to 11th St.) and 12th St. (mid-blocks of Laramie St. and Bluemont Ave.) beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. The special event permit will allow for approved food and merchandise vendors to operate in the streets that are closed for traffic. ABA is responsible for providing additional portable restrooms and trash collection. ABA is providing a free shuttle service to and from area hotels.

City of Manhattan Fire Department will have staff in Aggieville from mid-morning on Saturday until bars close to monitor overcrowding.

Riley County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will provide a first aid station at the round house in City Park.

Kansas State University administration and Student Government Association (SGA) will send targeted messages to students before the event to encourage appropriate behavior. K-State will also extend Safe Ride hours for the weekend. Safe Ride will run from noon on Saturday until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday with additional buses operating during peak times.

Fort Riley will conduct courtesy patrols during the weekend and will use marquees on post to publish safety related messages concerning responsible drinking. Fort Riley will extend Riley Rides to 4:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

City of Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department will rope off available parking areas in City Park and display signs to warn of prohibited parking areas. Illegally parked vehicles may be immediately towed at the owner’s expense.

City of Manhattan Code Services will have staff on-call to address any sanitary nuisances on Saturday. Code Services will patrol the neighborhoods around Aggieville on Sunday to primarily address any trash nuisances. When appropriate, 24-hour clean-up notices will be issued, and any properties not cleaned will be abated by the City on Monday, at the owner’s expense. The minimum cost is $155.

Manhattan Good Neighbors has scheduled a student volunteer clean-up event in Aggieville and the surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.handson.ksu.edu or contact mgn@ksu.edu or (785) 532-3670.


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