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U of I Students Switch St. Patrick’s Day

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) — St. Louis has its Mardi Gras, but the University of Illinois has its own drinking festival. 

This year it was on Friday night and the early part of Saturday. 

It’s called the “Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day.”, celebrated early because the actual St. Patrick’s Day falls during spring break.  The university would like it to end but many of the students disagree.
  
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports police issued 328 notices to appear in court for violations this year and a large number were students. The violations include minors in possession of alcohol and throwing objects from balconies.

Last year, there were 269 tickets. In 2009, there were 351.

The event’s most deadly year was 2006 when an alum fatally fell from a motorcycle.  

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