Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day celebration goes off without major incident

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PITTSBURGH - With 23,000 participants and thousands more who took it all in, Pittsburgh’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday ended without any serious safety concerns.

No major incidents were reported, but arrests were made -- about 70 overall.

Included in the number of arrests were 21 on the south side.

Public Safety Director Mike Huss said he is pleased with how the day turned out.

“I'd like to thank all of the law enforcement officers for displaying professionalism, and the thousands of citizens who did their part in making this a safe and family-friendly day,” said Huss.

Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald said, “I appreciate the hard work and effort of our command staff, supervisors and officers who responded to each situation with the highest level of professionalism.”

Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the second largest in the country.



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