Revelers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas

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St. Patrick’s Day means big business in Las Vegas, especially downtown.

Locals and tourists say downtown is becoming a popular destination on St. Patrick’s Day.

Fremont Street is bustling with live music, dancing and, of course, green beer.

People came from in and out of Las Vegas to join the party Thursday night.

“Every time I come here, it gets more packed and packed,” said Las Vegas local Mark Hernandez. “Downtown is becoming more of a local spot.”

That enthusiasm is good news for businesses on Fremont Street like Banger Brewery, which opened more than two years.

“The weather is beautiful, so I think that kind of brought out a lot more people,” said Roberto Mendoza with Banger Brewery. “There’s a lot more businesses that have been opening up. I think that contributes to, you know, more people.”

With so many visitors on Fremont Street, there is a large Metro Police presence. Things seemed to run smoothly Thursday night.

There were also many cabs in the area, meaning many people may be getting the message about the dangers of drinking and driving.

A pub crawl will take place downtown Thursday until 12 a.m., and live music will play until approximately 2 a.m.

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