Safety guidelines for St. Patrick's Day weekend in Holyoke - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Safety guidelines for St. Patrick's Day weekend in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -

Hundreds of thousands of people will be descending upon the Paper City this weekend for the annual Saint Patrick's Day road race and parade. Police are asking people to plan ahead.

"We suggest you get here early," said Holyoke Police Lt. Matthew Moriarty. "Parking is at a premium. We will enforce parking rules. Don't block people's driveways, don't block a fire hydrant."

Moriarty says that if people break those rules tickets will be issued and tow trucks will be called in.

With the holiday and its festivities known for its alcohol consumption, authorities are warning parade and race goers that if it gets out of hand they are ready to step in.

"I know some people think we go lax on the rules but you can check the arrest logs we have plenty of, so to say," said Moriarty.

Other things Moriarty says to keep in mind are to dress for the weather and to leave banned items like toys guns and silly string at home. And there will be plenty of police on the job throughout the weekend.

"We have cooperation from numerous communities," said Moriarty. "We'll have obviously the state police here, we'll have auxiliaries, we'll have reserves and obviously the Holyoke Police Department and several other communities are bringing officers in for us we'll have the sheriff's department. We'll have a lot of coverage."

Police are urging people to let them know if they see a problem early on so they can solve it before it becomes anything bigger.

Copyright 2013 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died

    Baby whose mother chose giving birth over chemo has died

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-09-21 15:57:44 GMT
    (Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP)(Nick DeKlyen/Courtesy of Sonya Nelson via AP)

    Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Life's mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died Sept. 9, three days after giving birth to her sixth child.

    More >>

    Sonya Nelson says her niece, Life Lynn DeKlyen, died Wednesday evening at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Life's mother, Carrie DeKlyen, died Sept. 9, three days after giving birth to her sixth child.

    More >>
  • Westfield State students organize rally following racist incident on campus

    Westfield State students organize rally following racist incident on campus

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:39:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-09-21 01:39:00 GMT

    Students came together after a discriminatory act on the campus of Westfield State University. 

    More >>

    Students came together after a discriminatory act on the campus of Westfield State University. 

    More >>
  • Drug trafficking investigation leads to three arrested, half kilo of cocaine seized

    Drug trafficking investigation leads to three arrested, half kilo of cocaine seized

    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 16:38:35 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:01 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:01:49 GMT
    Publio Berrios, Jesus Hernandez-Ortiz, and Tiana Matias [L-R] (Photos provided by Hampden Co. D.A.'s office)Publio Berrios, Jesus Hernandez-Ortiz, and Tiana Matias [L-R] (Photos provided by Hampden Co. D.A.'s office)

    Three West Springfield residents are under arrest after a drug trafficking investigation.

    More >>

    Three West Springfield residents are under arrest after a drug trafficking investigation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly