Buffalo Police Prepared for St. Patrick's Day Parade

Open-container laws to be enforced; Chippewa St. to close for traffic

Mike Baggerman
March 19, 2017 - 4:00 am

WBEN photo/Mike Baggerman


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo was recently named the top city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Buffalo police will certainly have their hands full with the parade on Sunday.

“Every year the police department reviews what we did the year before and we come up with a new plan every year,” Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo said. “This year we worked with (various districts) and we have a very comprehensive plan for the parade. We’re asking people to utilize public transportation as much as possible and get there early.”

Authorities will close Chippewa Street during the parade to handle traffic flow plus other streets for the event.

Rinaldo described Sunday’s parade is a “family-event”, which means if you’re planning on drinking alcohol, keep it inside the bars.

“We enforce open-container laws,” Rinaldo said. “We’ve been very fortunate other than minor issues with some disorderly conduct. We’ve had a very good history of managing the parade. We encourage people who are drinking at bars and private parties that day, please use taxi cab services. Do not drink and drive.”

Rinaldo wouldn’t comment on the approximate number of officers but did say there will be a “numerous” amount of officers on Sunday.

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