ATLANTA (WAOK)-Atlanta will host a number of events this weekend, with thousands of people expected to visit the city.
The Atlanta Police Department has released a list of simple rules that can keep you safe while you enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Use MARTA, carpool or consider other transportation alternatives
Be aware of your surroundings at all times; using caution with the use of electronics such as cell phones,
laptops, and tablet computers in public places
Adhere to the APD’s “Clean Car Campaign,” ensuring to leave no valuables whatsoever in your vehicle
Call 911 to report suspicious activity as part of the APD’s “See Something/Say Something” campaign

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Here are some of the many events scheduled in Atlanta this weekend

Ri Ra St. Patty Day
Location: 1080 Peachtree Street Ste. 1
March 17, 2012 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 1,000

Downtown Dash for Diabetes 5K
Location: 25 Courtland Street (Hurt Park)
March 17, 20129:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 500

Fado’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: 273 Buckhead Avenue
March 17, 2012 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 2,500

Central City Tavern St. Patrick’s Day
Location: 1801 Howell Mill Road (Central City Tavern)
March 17,2012 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 250

Park Tavern Spring Festival Series
Location: 500 10th Street (Park Tavern, Piedmont Park)
February 18, 2011 11:00 Am to 11:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 2,000

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Atlanta Fair 2012
Location: 688 Central Avenue
March 8, 2012 through April 8, 2012
Monday through Friday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Anticipated Attendance: 500-800 Daily

Publix Marathon & Half Marathon
Location: 265 Park Avenue West (Centennial Olympic park)
March 18, 2012 6:55 AM to 2:00 PM
Estimated Attendance: 19,000

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 2012 at 12:00pm
Location: Downtown Area (Parade route Peachtree Street from Pine Street to Marietta Street and Marietta Street from Peachtree Street to Spring Street

Atlanta Hawks
Philips Arena
03/16/2012 at 7:30pm Hawks V Wizards
03/19/2012 at 7:30pm Hawks V Celtics

The Voice auditions
240 Peachtree St
March 16 and 17, 2012 all day

Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings and Holiday Market
Location: 240 Peachtree St.
March 16 through March 18, 2012

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Enjoy yourself and be safe. Don’t drink and drive.