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Shamrock the Bottom event to compete with Shamrock the Block

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Shockoe Bottom bars and restaurants are banding together right now, after news Shamrock the Block, which is a huge money-maker for them, is unexpectedly being moved from the Bottom to the Boulevard.

The group has aptly named the event "Shamrock the Bottom." Its momentum is quickly gaining on social media. Since starting a Facebook page just Monday night, they already have almost 2,000 likes. As the buzz grows, so does the amount of work to make up for the loss of this beloved festival.

"Shamrock the Bottom" is organized by a "band of bars." On the Facebook page, the businesses say despite Shamrock the Block moving to the Boulevard, they're teaming up to create "the largest barcrawl to ever grace the streets of Richmond!"

At last count, more than a dozen bars have joined the movement.

"With them pulling out of the Bottom here we felt like we should get together and almost continue the tradition of having Shamrock the Block even without the official sponsorship of it," Southern Railway Taphouse General Manager Mark Chavez explained.

He says no matter where the official festival is Taphouse will still host an after-party.

"It's going to be a great time with or without Shamrock being down here it doesn't really matter," he told us.

NBC12 checked in with the Richmond Police Department about security now that there's no official event down there. A spokesperson said, "The department is aware of possibility of increased patronage of businesses in Shockoe Bottom and will plan accordingly."

Tommy Goulding of Rosie Connollys says he is definitely going to lose because of the move, but while more challenging now, thinks businesses can still benefit.

"Pretty much I don't see why we couldn't do what they've done," he said. "We have bands and people want to come down here. People know they like it."

Like Taphouse, Rosie's will still host its usual event with live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers.

It seems everyone is trying to agree with the slogan splattered on the event Facebook page: "Think you're moving Shamrock? Think again."

 "The party's going on in Rosie Connollys for sure," Goulding added.

Shamrock the Bottom organizers have planned a meeting Wednesday afternoon to come up with a solid plan and direction.

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