parade st. patrick's day boston Police collect information from a woman who was found with an open can of beer and an open bottle of liquor at the St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston in 2013.
Credit: Michael Naughton/Metro file photo

Hundreds of people were issued citations for public drinking and a few more were arrested during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston on Sunday.

Officers issued 293 citations for public drinking during the parade, according to Boston police. Five people were also arrested: two for disorderly conduct, the other three for public drinking. One person had to be placed into protective custody.


"The vast majority of those who attended [Sunday's] parade did so in a fun and safe manner. We thank you for celebrating responsibly," Boston police said in a statement.

The number of citations and arrests were down sharply from last year's parade, during which 336 people were cited and 26 people were arrested.

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