St. Patrick's day celebrations in full swing in the Miami Valley

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Miami Valley residents are heading out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the festivities at the bars are in full swing.

FOX 45 headed out to Flannagans near the University of Dayton campus and caught up with a couple revelers in the early afternoon, while Dublin Pub in the Oregon District had been celebrating since 5:30 a.m. March 17.

The crowds were lining up by the door as early as 4 a.m., and FOX 45 even caught up with one pastor who was out there ready for the fun.

“I think people have a conception about the church and about the clergy that we’re completely stuffy and driven by rules,” St. John’s Lutheran Church Pastor Jonathon Moyers said. “So, what better place to come out on St. Patrick’s Day morning and show them that isn’t true.”

Police have also told us they’ll be out in full force throughout the evening, trying to make sure there are no issues, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be having a checkpoint from 8 a.m. to midnight at State Route 725 near Paragon Road in Washington Township.

If you and your friends are out having some fun and aren’t safe to drive, Montgomery County residence can call 449-9999 for a free cab ride home through Sunday morning from Arrive Safe.

Also, send us photos of your celebration, and you might even see them on our air! Head on over to our Burst page and select St. Patrick’s Day, or select “See it, Send it” on our app!