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Police Up Security During St. Patrick's Day Festivities
Cooler weather did not stop people from coming out to Springfield's annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
Folks dressed in green walked the streets as early as 7:30 this morning.
"A great day, especially for the downtown businesses," Will Decker, owner of Norb Andy's, said. "It's really important."
He doesn't mind working all day. He's more focused on the profit he will make.
"This is something that we usually do about 10 times or sometimes more of what we do on a Saturday night," Decker said.
Celebrators don't mind spending the cash either.
"Everybody comes out, you never see hardly any problems, it's a good thing for the city and we really enjoy ourselves," patron Josh Broughton said.
As the day progressed, more came out to have a good time, and with bigger crowds come more police. Springfield PD created a presence with manpower and cameras to try and prevent issues of vandalism like previous years.
"Hopefully it will help detour more acts like this happening," Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said. "We can stop people from tearing up stuff down there. The city can save money not fixing things."
Another way the parade committee saved money this year was charging celebrators to drink outside during the day. For a small fee, people purchased wristbands that will help pay for street cleaning and the extra security around the city.
"Anything to help out, a dollar, nobody really feels it," Broughton said.
Bar owners appreciated the help from the security measure.
"Whenever you're dealing with large groups of people, there's always small issues, but for the most part everybody today was really respectful and really polite," Decker said.
"Everybody's out to have a good time," Broughton said. "It's a good thing for the city. I love it."