Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2014: Lots of Fun, Only a Few Problems

Fun time had by most, but nine arrests made 

STORY BY BILL DEMAREST
PHOTOS BY KEVIN HARRINGTON AND DYLAN SKRILOFF

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, both Republicans. Astorino made the trip to Rockland for the parade

Bringing Home the Silver from Sochi sm file Girl Scouts sm file Happy to Be Irish sm fileLife Father Like Son sm file There He Blows sm filePEARL RIVER – Orangetown police say Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River went off with few significant problems, and traffic after the parade cleared smoothly.

Tens of thousands gathered to share in a mood of revelry and Irish pride. The parade stayed true to its tradition as the biggest party in Rockland County.

While there were no major incidents, police said there were nine arrests in connection with the parade. Here’s the tally from the parade:

– Three people were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

– Three people were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

– Three people were arrested on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges.

– Fifteen summonses were issued for violation of town ordinances, including drinking in public, urinating in public, hawking and peddling without a permit, littering and disorderly conduct.

– Sixty-five parking tickets related to the parade were issued.

Before the parade, Orangetown issued warnings that it would be enforcing town ordinances and parking restrictions.

Det. Sgt. James Sullivan said town police were assisted in crowd control by the Mounted Unit of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department. Sullivan said the officers on horseback especially helped maintain order along Middletown Road in Pearl River, where crowds at one of the large shopping centers along the road have been an issue in the past.

Story republished with permission

Hibernians march
Hibernians march

 

It's a tradition! "McGrath Clan" congregates at home along parade route. The clan includes O'Briens, O'Connors, Fenlons, Stapletons, Currans and, of course, McGraths
It’s a tradition! The “McGrath Clan” congregates at home along parade route.
The clan includes O’Briens, O’Connors, Fenlons, Stapletons, Currans and, of course, McGraths
Friends of Kenneth Elmendorf gather around a fire pit on his front yard. Elmendorf has been holding St. Patrick's Parade gatherings on Central Avenue for 15 years.
Friends of Kenneth Elmendorf gather around a fire pit on his front yard. Elmendorf has been holding St. Patrick’s Parade gatherings on Central Avenue, Pearl River for 15 years.
Grand Marshall Jim McDonnell
Grand Marshall Jim McDonnell