Oh dear. The city of Carbondale has pretty much extinguished the Halloween street party of old, but somehow things keep popping up anyway…
As early as 9 a.m. Saturday, tailgaters gathered in the parking lot of Pinch Penny Pub hell-bent on defying Mother Nature.Yeah, OK. Beer, college kids, large groups of college kids, people coming in from out of town, more beer and pretty soon you have Halloween all over again. Not that I have any problem with that.
More than 1,000 Corona cases and almost 300 pounds of limes later, all that was left of the fifth annual Polar Bear Party was a head cold, a soiled T-shirt and memories for between 2,000 and 3,000 partiers.
He said the bar is considering expanding the event to become a festival-like atmosphere that would include more than just the bar to avoid these problems.
"Something that Carbondale could be proud of as a community and market it towards other campuses and other towns, just to show that if you know what you're doing and you've got a grasp on it that it doesn't have to be out of control like Halloween," Karayiannis said.