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March 18, 2010
Jovial partying prevails for St. Patrick’s Day crowds
By Bill Lindelof
The big St. Patrick’s Day block party outside de Vere’s Irish Pub was fairly peaceful, and trouble elsewhere was minimal Wednesday.
Proprietors of de Vere’s hired 15 Sacramento city police officers to work the event on L Street between 15th and 16 streets, a stretch that was closed to traffic all day Wednesday.
Thousands of revelers listened to bands, drank and partied. The atmosphere reportedly was jovial, trouble minimal.
“It went very smoothly overall, given the number of people,” said Sgt. Norm Leong, Sacramento police spokesman.
One person was arrested for being drunk in public.
The occasional arguments were calmed before they could escalate, and a couple of party goers were put into cabs with friends after they seemed to have had too much to drink.
“Outside of that, the general crowd was very good,” said Leong.
Fights were reported at other businesses, Leong said, one being reported about 1:50 a.m. at the Plum Blossom restaurant, 1830 J St., another at a café in the 1000 block of Alhambra Boulevard.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.