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Holyoke bars prepare for large crowds this weekend

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Everything is green in Holyoke, including tickets to Brennan's Place, a bar downtown who decided to expand for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

With new heated tents out back, many will flock to this bar over the weekend. Tickets to get inside on Saturday sold out last month in under an hour. There are still a few left for Sunday for people to enjoy beer, food and live music right on the parade route.

"It's nice and warm inside so it's exciting," bar owner Patrick Brennan said. "Every year we try to do something different."

Brennan said his bar has seen 16 St. Patrick's weekends. He looks forward to it every year.

"I'm like a little kid," he said. "After 15 or 16 years, you think you'd get a little tired from planning, but it's the people who come out. You can say whatever you want but they come out every year and to me, I lose sleep for 4 or 5 days but it's just sleep."

The Unicorn Inn across the street is also preparing for a weekend they believe will be busier than last year.

"This is going to be even bigger," Robert Rivera, the manager of Unicorn Inn, said. "I can feel it."

Rivera said Holyoke depends on the crowds.

"This is one of the weekends that all the businesses around here actually wait for," Rivera said.

It's important to plan ahead between road closures and crowds, but one thing is for sure, Holyoke is going to be a fun place to be this weekend.

Road closures Saturday (9 a.m. until the race clears) include Lyman, Dwight, Hampden, Chestnut, Maple and High Streets.

Road closures Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) include Beech, Appleton, High, Hampden and Lyman. Exit 16 will be closed from noon until 3 p.m.

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