HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — While large crowds are expected for the weekend’s festivities, Holyoke’s finest are ready to make sure everyone has a safe St. Patrick’s Day weekend, but the Holyoke Police won’t be the only ones patrolling the cities streets this weekend.
Lt. Matthew Moriarty says many communities are sending their reserves and auxiliaries along with the Sheriff’s Department and the Massachusetts State Police. He also adds there’s a few things you can do to make sure you stay safe this weekend.
First, if you plan on going to Holyoke, go early, that way you won’t find yourself in a rush.
Next, make sure you still park legally and have a designated driver for the way home, and finally make sure you have a plan in case your family or friends get separated from one another.
But just because thousands of people will flock to the city of Holyoke for the weekend, doesn’t mean police won’t be enforcing laws pertaining to open containers and public intoxication.
“This is where we depend on our citizens and the people visiting that be considerate of everyone around you. Everyone is here to enjoy the parade whether they are in the parade or viewing the parade,” explains Lt. Moriarty.
He adds that just because there’s a lot going on doesn’t mean the police are too busy to enforce the law, but ultimately, he just wants to see everyone have a good time.
“We are going to prepare for the worst, but our history states that most people just come in, have a good time and enjoy the weekend.”