March 13, 2016
Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be filled with city residents celebrating Philly's 246th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Sunday afternoon, and police have a message for kids in attendance: no drinking. Period.
The Philadelphia Police Department took to Facebook Friday to warn of their "zero tolerance" policy towards underage drinking at the event. Here's what they wrote:
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is this Sunday, March 13, 2015. The Philadelphia Police Department in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police and Septa Police take the safety and well being of all participants and attendees very seriously. Therefore, there will be a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and public intoxication at the parade or events surrounding it in order to ensure the welfare of all attending this venue. Juveniles arrested for these offenses will require a parent to pick them up in order to be released.
We wish a happy, safe, and responsible St. Patrick's Day weekend to everyone!
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel — known for being active on social media — took to Twitter to warn underage drinkers of where they'd end up if they were caught.
SEPTA bus isn't an Erin Express. It's the Sobriety Shuttle. This is where moms will come to pick up drunk attendees. pic.twitter.com/cK6sSP4LH1— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) March 13, 2016
Apparently, some didn't heed the warnings. Nestel also tweeted that one "consumer" had already been arrested Sunday morning.
Transit Police undercover officers just had uniformed officers meet subway at City Hall. One alcohol consumer in the net! #cheesesandwich— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) March 13, 2016
So, if you're under 21, know that you're better off enjoying the parade sober.