Businesses welcome crowds to downtown San Antonio for St. Patrick’s Day weekend

SAN ANTONIO – There was a sea of ​​people in downtown San Antonio and on the River Walk for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities on Saturday. It’s a show that hasn’t been seen in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The large crowds were a welcome sight for area business owners as COVID-19 cases remain low and spring break and holiday celebrations are in full swing.

“I don’t want to say doubled, but I hope to blow the last two years completely out of the water,” said Mary Sams, manager of Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar.

Sams said that in 2020, many businesses in the area closed right on or near St. Patrick’s Day due to the pandemic. Yet in 2021, business was back but lacked luster.

City Sightseeing San Antonio Tours President David Strainge shared a similar story, agreeing that business is back and better than before.

“It’s lively again. Last March it was fine, fine. It was kind of normal but the last 10 days, 12 days, buzzy is the word. The vibe is great,” Strainge said.

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Along with booming business in the area, people are just happy to go out and have a good time.

San Antonio’s tourist hotspot, the River Walk, had a good mix of locals and visitors. A man said he wasn’t letting gas prices stop him from taking a road trip from Oklahoma City to San Antonio.

“I put on the Versaces, I put on my Hawaiian. I’m on vacation — I’m ready to go,” said Ryan Hardy.

Locals were enjoying the scenery and atmosphere, while enjoying the food and drink.

“It’s a beautiful day. It’s a beautiful weekend, so we’re loving it. You know, it’s the first time we’ve been out in probably two, two and a half years in this kind of setting,” said Jon and Christina Law.

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