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St. Patrick’s Day this year is celebrated Monday (March 17) and a great way to open the week. However this weekend the official day will begin early; happening in bars, parades and other festivities honoring the cultural and religious holiday.

The Irish are responsible for bringing the holiday to America and worldwide. The color of green, the lucky shamrock and even a leprechaun are symbols of the day. And you can’t forget the beer, whiskey and other spirits to continue the merriment.

Monday in the Washington, D.C. area celebrations will continue that also involves a lot of drinking. SoberRide will assist in getting those home that should not drink and drive. SoberRide will begin its process at 4 p.m. and will run until 4 a.m. using taxicabs to drive persons to their designated locations. Patrons who participate cannot schedule taxis in advance but are allowed to put the number on their cell phones at 1-800-200-TAXI.

Police will be at various stops beginning this weekend to make sure roads are safe and no erratic drivers will cause harm.

SoberRide (www.wrap.org/soberride/ is under the non-profit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). You must be 21 years of age to participate. If a fare is over $30 dollars, the patron must pay the difference.

Representative Kurt Erickson of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program spoke on Newschannel 8’s NewsTalk today about SoberRide. View more information from the video that’s part of this article.

Happy Patty’s Day to all – Go green!

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