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UPDATE: Unruly Group Leads to Arrests During B-BP Parade

Nearly a dozen local residents were arrested just an hour after the St. Pat's parade in Bayport-Blue Point.

Shortly after this story posted, Patch received feedback from the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce regarding the incidents and updating to include the statement:

The Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to provide a wholesome, safe, family friendly parade. We work with the 5th Precinct before and during the parade to provide such an event. We appreciate the support of the 5th Precinct. Every year they do a great job of controlling the large crowd and maintaining order. The Chamber does not condone alcohol consumption at the parade, in fact we do everything we can to discourage it. The arrests will be an item for discussion at our next board meeting. Going forward we will continue to work with the authorities to ensure we do everything in our power to prevent illegal or bad behavior. The feedback we have received from the community at large has been overwhelmingly positive. We are disappointed that there had to be arrests. It’s unfortunate that the acts of a few individuals can tarnish such a nice community event.

Clarification: The location of the arrests has been updated.

ORIGINAL STORY

Nine arrests for disorderly conduct were made in Blue Point on Sunday, March 10, during the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber St. Patrick’s Day parade, according to the Suffolk Police media incident website.

The arrests, made about noon time, an hour after the parade kicked off, were made at Capital One Bank at the corner of Blue Point Avenue and Montauk Highway, across form Cavanaugh’s tavern, according to police. All those arrested were male and included B-BP residents as well as Brookhaven, Patchogue, Ridgefield, Lindenhust and Stanford residents.

Later in the day, near 5 p.m., two more arrests were made on Blue Point Avenue involving two males, one from Lindenhurst and one from Bayport, for using obscene language and gestures.

Mimi March 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Driving east on Montauk Hwy at 8:30pm on Sunday night, I witnessed a very intoxicated man crossing the street at King Kullen in Blue Point. He almost got run over, and clearly had no ability to keep himself out of traffic. This was 6+ hours after the parade was over. Is it going to take a fatality for this parade to ban alcohol like so many of our neighboring communities have done already? I also heard of an incident where an intoxicated person approached a child marching during the parade. Every year it seems the parade gets bigger and bigger and draws more of an "undesireable" crowd. The Chamber of Commerce needs to be aware and act.
Mary Walker March 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM
The situation was a disgrace. People openly drinking and fighting in public. This is not what our community represents and this event should be dramatically changed in the future
Mary Bailey March 13, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I agree. As much as I love the traditions our little towns have, this parade has become something NOT to be proud of. The drinking not only by the adults but the kids. It's like a right of passage for any kid 13 or over not to just drink but get wasted. I was witness to the fight (both halves, yes they just wouldn't stop) and the arrestes. So sad and embarrassing. It wasn't even 1pm. I hope other kids will see these arrests as an example of what NOT to do.
susan March 13, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I live in this town and that is why I left for the day. Disgusting!!
tom cavanaugh March 13, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Your original story in reference to disorderly conduct near cavanaugh's pub on parade day was an irresponsible peice of journalism at best. The altercation you mention was minimum 150 yards---that a football field and a half on the west side of blue point ave. by montuck highway on the property of capital bank.Are you kidding me!!I would expect much more from the PATCH in it's reporting of the incident.Cavanaugh's take pride in the way it conduct it's business and to mention it in your article is just totally wrong-----tom cavanaugh
kathy O'Reilly March 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Kathy O This was a wonderful parade and I would like to thank all of the people from the chamber for all there hard work and giving of their time.It is sad that there are a select few that put a cloud over the day at some point but I was personally right where the fight broke out and it was drunk teenagers. We must try to stop this from ever happening again but should be no reflection on our wonderful chamber. They keep this community together and deserve accolades for all they do.Lets keep this wonderful tradition going!!
Judy Mottl (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Hi Tom, the location of the incident was provided by SCPD's information office. I asked them where it took place and that's the description they provided.
tom cavanaugh March 13, 2013 at 04:08 PM
JUDY---thankyou so much for your reply------perception is reality unfortunately---I know the PATCH would not intentionally hurt local business------keep up your fine work-------Tom Cavanaugh
Judy Mottl (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Thank you Tom as you know the Patch is a HUGE supporter of local business and businesses that do so much for the community such as Cav's. We definitely did not mean to leave any wrong impression in anyone's mind. And always feel free to express your views on Patch!
Jenni Madds March 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Banning alcohol would just lead to more arrests because people would drink anyway. Why not make it more difficult for underage kids to drink there? Why should I not be able to enjoy a beer during the parade as a responsible 25 year old because kids who aren't old enough to drink are being rowdy? It's not right.
Peter March 13, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Everyone assumes it was teenagers but it wasnt ik the ppl involved there in there late 20's so everyone stop assuming its always drunks teens starting fights just because your older doesn't make u more responsible
Hel's Vu March 13, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I have lived in this town for over 26 years - and the past 6+ years this parade has attracted a larger group of people who's only desire is to drink and party. These are not teenagers. I have witnessed mothers and fathers drinking with their kids in strollers. In front of Cavanaugh's and up and down Blue Point Ave I have witnessed many drunks!!!! So please spare me the your indignation of the misperceptions. We stopped going to the parade years ago because of the drunks. When the parade is scheduled we leave the area. It's unfortunate that it has changed - but it had changed years ago and some people prefer to turn a blind eye to what is actually happening for profit. So please don't blame the patch for misreporting an incident, there are many incidents that the police are not involved with that diminish this parade. Susan said it best in her comments - DISGUSTING!!!!
NotWhoYouThinkIAm March 15, 2013 at 01:15 AM
No, I saw the police blotter and the locals that were arrested are all 19 and 20.
Skip Pope March 15, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Intentional or not, the suggestion that the arrests that took place during the March 10th St Patrick’s Day Parade, in the vicinity of Cavanaugh’s, creates the perception of guilt. That thought could not be any further from the truth. To those who suggest our wonderful parade is an excuse to behave badly, would you also suggest we ban all July 4th celebrations, family and business picnics, close all restaurants and bring back the 18th amendment to the Constitution? For all of these also have the potential to lead to excessive behavior. Scores of dedicated people contribute countless hours to bring a quality event to our community. Our local businesses pool their resources and support the Chamber’s efforts through sponsorships and advertising in the Irish Gazette. Thousands line the streets and have a perfectly enjoyable day and look forward to this harbinger of spring every year. Curtailing, or even modifying this wonderful annual event, in an effort to mollify the critics and eliminate the source of unacceptable behavior is preposterous. The moment we cave to the few who insist on warping the intentions of the well meaning, is in essence, surrender. We need to decide who controls our way of life. The thousands who call this place home, or the 9 who have created this maelstrom. These comments are not made by or for the Chamber. Respectfully, Skip Pope Packey Electronics
kathleen ferrari March 16, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I have been going to this parade for yrs. I used to come all the way from Farmingdale to celebrate, and enjoy my fav Irish pub Cavanaugh's! I agree with Jenni,we should be able to have a beer,and watch the parade.Young adults have to be responsible for their actions,and if need be,held accountable for starting fights and causing such distruption! I'm sure the crowd @ Cav's was imbarrassed, as my Husband + I were. We certainly didn't blame Cav's in any way. We enjoyed the rest of the day with Irish Eyes + Smiles..and will continue our tradition @ Cavanaughs for years to come! Hi Tom!! :)
Curious George March 16, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Holy Hogwash Mr. Pope, you must be joking? Clearly there is a problem with the way this parade is being conducted. It is not a police problem, it is a community problem that involves parenting, the schools ... and what this parade has morphed into. Dozens of youngsters (many who are "rumored" to be from the lacrosse team) were visibly intoxicated, as were many idiotic acting adults, and far more than 9 embarrassed this lovely community. The parade must be modified, and the hooliganism must be eliminated. Perhaps you had a short in your electrical system when you wrote this? :)
Robert F Edwards March 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
As Sargent Kulka said " Lighten up Francis " Once again a few bad apples spoil the fun for everybody The world is filled with assholes Are we going to dictate and change our way of life because of them? I am so tired of hearing people complain about everything! Guess what if you don't like the situation don't come!!!
Robert F Edwards March 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Skip Pope you are 110% correct!!!
Vito March 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
It is Hulka and it more than a few bad apples. I don't come but find it irritating to be inconvenienced in my travels and have my community turned into one large trash receptacle to accommodate what has morphed in to an embarrassing display of poor behavior and a lack of self control. This "parade" has turned into yet another excuse to behave badly in public. Hooray for drinking too much in public! What a wonderful community event.
Salvatore A March 20, 2013 at 07:33 PM
What showed up on Main Street is just a small glimpse into what is happening every day on our side streets and schools. If you all only had the same emotion about our entire community this blog may actually mean something. I moved here from Sayville to enjoy what I thought was a more secluded and quiet life. Over ten years in Sayville I never called 911. In two years I have called them ten times in Bayport. All incidents regarding teenagers, from our town, drinking, doing an selling drugs on our streets. If your wondering I live south of Middle, I have come to hear the more desirable part of town...not from my vantage point. The parade is the least of our problems. The problems start and end in our living rooms. Blaming it on other towns and other people then our own is delusional. Further, blaming it on a local business is ludicrous. Get real. All parents on South Ocean wisen up to your kids behavior, if you chalk it off to kids being kids. Then don't be shocked by their public behaviors. My friends it will only get worse from here. True and sad.
Educator April 02, 2013 at 02:08 AM
As I was walking south on Bayport Ave. I passed many parents with children "feeling" good withh alcoholic drinks in hand. Parade has become a real turn off
john April 03, 2013 at 12:36 AM
you people know nothing stop discriminating people and putting all their personal buisness out for the fucken public this website is bullshit it humiliates people one of my best friends got arrested in this situation and i was 3 feet away and yu know what he got arrested for .... for some kid punching him this bayport patch gets me so aggravated the story isnt even straight you have no idea of the real story this website should be deleted i hope who ever made this website gets arrested for god knows what and yu put all over it with yur mug shot this is staright humiliation - John John

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