B.U. Pub Crawl Preparations

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated May 11, 2009 at 5:17 PM EST

A tradition for Binghamton University students returns to the streets of Binghamton this week.

The Pub Crawl is Thursday and hundreds of students will give seniors a send-off.

As Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us the city, bars and students are planning for a safe, orderly celebration.

The B.U. Pub Crawl marks the end of 4 years of studying at Binghamton University.

And one last time to socialize in the city.

Seniors start on Main Street and travel to State Street, stopping at several bars along the way.

"Whenever we sell the mugs, that are good at any bar, and in it we put the open container policy because we want them to know what are the laws, what do they need to know for that day," says Bradley Small, B.U. senior class president.

Binghamton leaders have met with bar owners and student leaders to discuss the crawl code.

"Bars are serving only those that are fit to be served and that when the patrons are leaving the bars, they dispose of any contents of their mug if they are alcoholic," says Andrew Block, communications director for the City of Binghamton.

Block says there will be an increased police presence not only along the route, but also in bars.

Some bars will even hire off duty officers to work as bouncers.

But for one bar, Pub Crawl is just like any other night.

"It's the same rules we follow every day and every night. There's more people, same amount of security which is plenty. We do it outside. We have bands, it's the same as always," says Edward Hickey, owner of the Belmar Pub.

Everyone involved in planning agrees students should have fun during their last night out in Binghamton.

They say over over the last few years, the crawl crowd has followed the rules to last call.

In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

There is also a alcohol-free alternative going on that same day.

It's called Bearcat Day.

The non-alcoholic event runs from 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm between State and Water Streets.

It features comedy acts, music performances, video game competitions, free food and prizes.

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