RHINELANDER - St. Patrick's Day usually turns into one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year. In Rhinelander, it draws thousands of people for the parade and pub crawl.
The festivities will actually help people get home safely beyond the holiday.
All 26 bars and restaurants who take part in the pub crawl will be selling five dollar raffle tickets. Half of the money will go to the winner and the other half will go to the year round Safe Ride Home Program.
Big Daddy's owner Aaron Schultz said Safe Ride gave about 6,000 rides home last year.
"We want to eliminate drunk driving, we want to eliminate accidents. We also want people to go out and enjoy themselves with peace of mind and not having to worry about how they are going to get home safely," said Schultz.
Parade organizer Jack Winkler expects there to be thousands of people out on Saturday. This is Rhinelander's 7th annual parade.
"It has been an idea we kicked around for a long time. We just hoped that we could expose Rhinelander to a little more fun and something different on the day," said Winkler.
The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. It runs down Brown Street.
Story By: Fitzgerald, Maggie