Keeping the peace after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Created: 03/15/2014 11:12 PM WHEC.com

Traditionally, the night after the St. Patrick’s Day parade can bring with it lots of chaos, with party-goers keeping the east end busy long into the night.

After Saturday’s parade that brought tens of thousands of people downtown, Rochester Police stayed on the street corners, helping people cross safely, directing traffic and making sure no one did anything crazy.

When it comes to keeping the peace, the former police chief says used to hope for rain and pray for snow. We’re told cold and windy did the trick tonight.

News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean spoke to RPD Captain John Koonman about keeping things calm on a night like St. Patrick’s. He said the first thing to know is that a big crowd presents a lot of unknowns.

“What we do is we pair up our officers. We sent them to different corner posts. We also have people roaming around the neighborhoods, the parking lots, the side streets and alleys.”

“Fortunately tonight, the weather and wind, it's cold out here, it's kind of helping to keep a lid on things.”

We’re told the cold made the crowd for the parade a little smaller, too. Some diehard St. Paddy’s Day fans say they wouldn’t let a little wind and cold ruin the fun.

Derek and Dana Duggan say the weather never stops them; they go when there are snow storms and rain.

Emily Kelly told us she couldn't believe the area just had a snow storm where the kids were out of school – and now it’s beautiful outside.

Tonight’s weather is beautiful for Rochester police trying to keep the peace.

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