CLEVELAND: With record-breaking crowds expected downtown this St. Patrick's Day, it will mean a multi-million dollar impact on businesses catering to the people.
Over 400,000 are expected to attend the annual parade, whichincludes an extra 4,000 participants marching this year.
Downtown businesses have spent the last week getting ready.
Karl Abounader, who owns the Inn of the Barristers on West 3rd Street, will be up at 3 a.m. St. Patrick's Day morning, carving up finely sliced, freshcorned beef sandwiches.
Abounader says his biggest days of the year are Browns home games, events at the stadium, and of course, St. Patrick's Day.
With the combination of large crowds, beautiful weather and a weekend event this year, Abounader says Saturday could be huge for business.
"We spend a lot of money to get ready too. Hopefully we'll make it up and then some. They always say you've got to get to the 9 to make the 10," Abounader said.
His deli, bar and restaurant is two blocks north of Public Square where the parade route ends.
"Come downtown, enjoy yourself! Have a good time, be merry and eat! Get a big sandwich!" he says with a smile.
He expects to serve thousands of hungry patrons celebrating downtown.
While city leaders say it's hard to put a dollar amount on the economic impact, it will be multi-million-- and bigger than what a home game for the Browns brings in.
There may not be as many hotel rooms booked, but the sheer size of the crowds, and the amount of time they'll spend downtown, is expected to make up for it.