Zero Tolerance for Alcohol Related Offenses/Underage Drinking
by Orangetown Police Dept
This Sunday, March 20 2016 at 1:30p the annual Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off in Pearl River. The parade is one of the largest in New York State, annually drawing crowds of up to 50,000 people. The event will be held as scheduled, rain or shine.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) considers the parade to be a family event and the Orangetown Police Department is asking for the public’s help to ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable event for people of all ages.
All members of our community are therefore reminded that it is against the law to have open containers of alcohol and summonses will be issued for violations of the law.
Who Are The Hiberians?
The parade is hosted by The Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization, founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a series of similar societies that existed in Ireland for more than 300 years. Today the AOH exists in America, Canada, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, however, while the organizations share a common thread, the American AOH is a separate and much larger organization.
Regrettably, in the last few years, underage drinking incidents have also increased. The department wishes to remind parents that there is zero tolerance for this type of behavior and that parents/guardians are responsible for the actions of their children. Parents of teenagers should be monitoring them and ensuring they are not drinking prior to, or during the parade.
The parade leaves from the Pfizer parking lot, turning east onto E Crooked Hill Road, turning south onto N. Middletown Rd, turning west onto E Central Ave turning south onto South Main Street, and ending in the area of the Pearl River Post Office. Roads in the Pearl River area are subject to closure up to 1 hour prior to the start of the parade. On street parking is available in the Pearl River area, but please check for any full time or temporary parking restrictions for that roadway prior to leaving your car. Any parked vehicles that are found to impede emergency response or endanger public safety are subject to be ticketed and towed. Please ensure that you park properly and legally. Handicapped parking will be available in the Parking Lot of the First Niagara Bank at 93 N. Middletown Road and the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of N. William St and E Washington Ave.
Finally, getting safely to and from the parade is just as important as being there and the public is reminded to use designated drivers or face being arrested for DWI.
Thank you for joining the Orangetown Police Department in our ongoing efforts to reduce these types of offenses and ensure the safety of all who attend the parade.