WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many people are gearing up for a very green and festive day tomorrow as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its way through downtown Wilmington. With so many people out and about, enjoying the holiday from dawn till dusk, a lot of fun and trouble could happen. But Wilmington Police are ready for it.
“We have increased our presence downtown. We are offering suggestions to people about how they can make the most of their experience without running into trouble,” WPD spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.
There will be an increased security presence in downtown all day. No open containers are allowed, and police advise no large bags or backpacks. Most importantly, WPD is looking out for severe intoxication and encourages everyone not to drink and drive.
“There is the chance of heavy traffic. DUIs are always something we look out for after you’ve been drinking. We encourage everyone to use a designated driver. Call Uber. It’s a lot cheaper and a lot safer than getting a DUI,” Dandron said.
WPD worked with the Order of Hibernians on preparations for the past few months. Steven McEnany, the parade chairman, hopes everyone will be careful, but hopes everyone will have a good time.
“Well there’s an Irish expression called craic. And that’s simply having a good time. Enjoy the parade and enjoy the little beauty queens and the military and the church and social and municipal organizations that run through the parade. That’s really the spirit of the city,” McEnany said.
The police department is also reminding everyone to say something if they see something. They say safety and enjoyment relies on the public cooperating with them.