Illinois Students Gearing Up For UnOfficial St. Patty's Party

Green beer, green shirts, green tongues, green thongs. It’s time for another Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day Party at the University of Illinois – and students are gearing up, according to the Champaign News-Gazette.

Billed as “The Biggest Party in the Big Ten,” organizers say this year the party will last for 2 days and “bars, houses, and streets will be overflowing with thousands of drunk college kids wearing green, having green tongues and so on.”

The “UnOfficial” has gotten so big and so crazy, police and school officials wish it would die. The would-be party disorganizers say they can’t shut down liquor sales because “if they find the bars closed, they will take over the streets and riot in the streets,” the Champaign mayor says.

We’ve been to some big college holiday parties such as the Halloween bash at Ohio U. but this one sounds like a must-do. A simple look at “UnOfficial” photos tells us it is the St. Patty’s Day party of the year.

Congrats, kids. Drink one for us.

[Daily Illini Photos]