St. Patrick's Day has Ocean Springs thinking green

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Walking through downtown Ocean Springs there's no question that St. Patrick's Day celebrations are in full effect.  Everywhere you turned you could see miles of green.  A scene the onlookers didn't seem to mind at all.

"It's fabulous. It's going to be great. We will be out here all night long after this pub crawl stuff is over. It's definitely great for bringing people in and we enjoy it," Marina Wilson said.

As a part of the city's "Pub Stroll and Restaurant Crawl event," businesses dress their unique shops in green, while everyday citizens have also taken on the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.

The idea behind the St. Paddy's day event is to celebrate the holiday, while also showing off the city's unique shops. If you ask area shop owners, the idea seems to be doing the trick.

It definitely boosts sales. It gets people out and about on the streets here. It gets us some exposure which we really need," Ocean Springs business owner Stacie Broussard said.

"I think the city of Ocean Springs has provided a great venue for people to come out and have a good time and bring some tax dollars into the city," David Dobbins said.

Those tax dollars in flowing in by way of massive exposure. This is the fourth time Ocean Springs has held this event.

Last year, they were able to bring in about 7,000 people.  "Here on the coast there have been good times and bad times for the last few years. It's fantastic to see people come out, let their hair down and just enjoy the day," Dobbins said.

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