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Emergency Liquor License Orders In Place For Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, March 2

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Champaign and Urbana governments are already out with emergency orders in preparation for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day. Stefan Giesbert/Wikimedia Commons/(CC BY-SA 4.0)

Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day is three weeks away, but Champaign and Urbana mayors are issuing emergency liquor license orders now. 

The 13th annual all-day drinking party, called unofficial for short, is on March 2. Unofficial has led to three deaths and dozens of injuries over the years -- and is not sanctioned by the University of Illinois.

Urbana Mayor Dianne Marlin has issued emergency liquor license orders for the day for campustown establishments. Marlin says one new order this year prohibits grocery stores from delivering alcohol to houses. "Alcohol delivery will not be allowed during the hours of 6-11 a.m., on Friday, March 2, in a certain area near campus," Marlin said.

Also on March 2, no person under the age of 21 can go into a bar before 9 p.m. The City of Champaign has similar orders.

How does Marlin feel about unofficial? 

“Well, we’re hoping for a blizzard March 2, frankly," Marlin said.