Green, crimson and blue paint downtown Topeka Saturday

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - With St. Patrick's Day celebrations and a Big XII Tournament Championship on the line for KU, it was a busy day on the streets of downtown Topeka.

"Everybody's out and enjoying the nice weather, and it's good to get the kids out for a little bit, and get to watch a KU game on top of that,” Nathan Rawlins said.

A Saturday full of festivities and spring temperatures led to a busy day in downtown Topeka.

"Usually when you're down here during the week or even on the weekends, it's not very busy down here,” Rawlins said. “But when you got St. Patrick's Day and things going on down here, it's a little bit more lively."

"It's definitely been a more fun atmosphere,” Aaron Langer said. “A lot of stuff going on, a lot of people."

Green was the color of the day, but so was crimson and blue.

"Lots of KU fans,” Rawlins said. “It's nice to see all the KU faithful out today."

KU fan Jamie Garcia had plenty of reasons to celebrate

Along with Topeka’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Saturday was his birthday, and the chance to watch his favorite team play for a conference tourney title.

"Getting ready to bowl, some good food, good friends, and some basketball,” Garcia said. "This is a really cool place being downtown, last couple years we've been here and it's been great."

"Everybody is happy,” Brittany Bemus, Garcia’s friend, said. “You got basketball, good food, fun games, it's a perfect day.”

KU lost to Iowa State in the Big XII Tournament championship game, 78 to 66.