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Consumer Watch: Saint Patrick's Day projections, event

Saint Patrick's Day projections

illions of Americans have big plans this weekend. They will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, and that is a toe tapping tune to bars and restaurants hoping for an uptick in business.

This year, Saint Paddy’s Day falls on a Friday. That means a projected increase in spending for retailers. If the projections hold, it will be a welcome sight for many businesses suffering over low spending numbers.

Local Edmond bar Skinny Slims is hoping you’re getting your green outfit ready for the most rocking three-day weekend of your life.

"It is a massive drinking day. I think that is probably our biggest crowd, biggest crowd of the year," says bartender Annie Koranki.

This business along with many other bars across the metro have big plans starting on Friday. Many are hoping to draw out crowds with drink specials, t-shirt sales, and music to make sure they are seen and heard by more than just their regulars.

"We get that a lot. We get people driving past all the time. They just kind of wander in and are like we didn't even know you guys were here. This is brilliant," says Koranki.

The National Retail Federation says they are expecting consumers to spend more than five billion dollars this year. That's one billion more compared to last year's Saint Patrick’s Day. The NRF data indicates the biggest spenders will be between their mid-twenties and their mid-thirties. If drinking is not for you or you plan to make it a family celebration, there are still plenty of other events planned for the holiday.

TravelOK.com has a list of several Saint Patrick’s Day bashes including parades, a Bricktown block party and restaurant recommendations from across the state.

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