Revelry will snarl downtown traffic Saturday

DANIEL CHACÓN Updated: March 15, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: March 15, 2013

Expect to hear frosty mugs of green beer clinking this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Drivers should also expect to hear sirens if they get behind the wheel after drinking too much, because police will be stepping up DUI enforcement.

“This year, law enforcement will continue to be out on the roads to protect lives,” Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a statement.

“Be forewarned, you will get caught if you make the dangerous decision to push your luck and drink and drive,” he said.

Revelers have options, including a designated driver or a free cab ride home courtesy of the McDivitt Law Firm. The free cabs will be available only from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Pueblo West.

“All they have to say is, ‘McDivitt is paying for the ride,’” said Lonnie Langdon, a dispatcher for City Cab in Pueblo.

Colorado Springs will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a day full of activities Saturday that will snarl downtown traffic.

A 50K bike ride starts at America the Beautiful Park at 8:30 a.m.

A 5K race starts at 10 a.m. at Tejon and Cimarron streets. It runs north on Cascade Street to Kiowa Street and then back. Tejon will be closed to traffic about 9:30 a.m. The so-called Leprechaun Fun Run starts at 11 a.m. on Tejon.

A parade starts at noon. at Tejon and St. Vrain Street and runs to Vermijo Avenue. Tejon and other downtown streets will reopen about 2:30 p.m.

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