March Madness festivities wind down in Providence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — There were lots of smiles, laughs and cheers in the streets of Providence Saturday – as NCAA Tournament play wound down in Rhode Island’s capital city.

With block parties dotting the downtown area, folks were awaiting the start of the Providence College Friars’ game in North Carolina with beverages in their hands and basketball on their minds.

PC was eliminated from the tournament after an 85-66 loss to North Carolina.

Inside the Dunkin Donuts Center, fans watched on as Duke defeated Yale and Miami took down Witchita State.

One man told Eyewitness News he travelled from New York just to get a taste of the college basketball action.

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The man, who goes by Three Point Man, said he was watching the games from home – but decided to take a drive to Providence to get fans pumped up.

“I hope that all the fans – I hope their teams wins,” he said.

Saturday’s festivities didn’t stop at basketball, though. The city was also celebrating St. Joseph’s Day and marking St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and 5K road race.

“We started at the State Houe, ran down Smith Street and then looped back around,” said Gabe Duart.

Duart said he really enjoyed the city’s festivities after his run.

“It’s awesome. It’s given Providence a lot of exposure,” he said.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he was pleased with the turnout in the city.

“It’s an exciting time, and it’s just so great to see our vibrant streets coming together,” he said.

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