Boston Police report arresting four alleged lunkheads for lunkhead-type behavior during yesterday's extended-version St. Patrick's Day parade - none from anywhere near South Boston.
Police add, however, that officers wrote out twice as many tickets for public drinking - 498 in all - as they did at last year's winter-shrunken parade. In a statement, Police Commissioner and South Boston native William Evans said:
Issuing nearly double the amount of citations for public drinking compared to last year evidences the challenges we faced in keeping public order at this family event. I want to thank all of those who braved the cold and came out and celebrated responsibly.
UPDATE: BPD said there were five arrests, but the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports one of the arrests does not appear to have had anything to do with the parade:
WILLIAM BRONSKE (DOB 4/7/97) of North Quincy, charged with malicious destruction of property. Bronske was arrested by Boston Police officers assigned to the parade, but his offense does not appear to be connected with the day’s festivities; he is accused of throwing a propane tank through the window of a Dorchester Street residence in an apparent dispute over an earlier drug sale. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on May 19.