ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Thousands of people flock to Albany for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but last year, some revelers displayed public intoxication and just plain bad behavior.
“Irish heritage and pride is not tied to people behaving badly and drinking irresponsibly,” she said.
A lot of people start parade day off at Church Street, so the city is trying to keep the event fun and family friendly. One major change the city is cracking down on this year is open containers.
Police will be on the lookout for any inappropriate behavior.
“We’ll be doing our due diligence that day,” Albany Deputy Chief Brendan Cox said. “Extra resources to give them a friendly reminder that their behavior is expected to be appropriate.”
Local businesses are also working around the clock. Pauly’s Hotel owner John Mancini and McGeary’s Pub manager Tess Collins said they start preparing for the parade three months out.
“You have to,” Mancini said. “You have to, yes.”
They said it’s everyone will be working, and they’ve doubled staff and security.
“It can be stressful, but everybody’s so excited that you get excited,” Collins said.