As the North End prepares for the big feasts of the season, starting this week, Boston Police District A-1 Captain Kenneth Fong reminds everyone to celebrate in a responsible and respectable manner.
The beginning of August means more to the North End than some other neighborhoods, it means the beginning of feast season! The next several weekends will see the celebration of long-standing traditions that include processions, music, vendors in the streets and all around merriment.
Unfortunately, disruptive and inappropriate behavior has recently had a negative impact on the neighborhood. Feast-goers from last year’s celebrations may recall the mass groups of teenagers and unruly behavior by some attendees, many underage, that led to 68 arrests over two feast weekends in August.
In an effort to address this problem, the Boston Police Department is reminding everyone that public drinking and fighting will not be tolerated and if you witness this behavior you should call 911. There will also be a strong police presence at the feasts with officers ready and available to address any issues that may arise.
Read Captain Fong’s statement in its entirety below:
“Each and every year, the North End of Boston proudly hosts and celebrates an honored tradition of feasts which are family-oriented and always celebrated in a positive way. In years past, however, there were a few isolated incidents where disruptive behavior by individuals visiting the area adversely impacted the feast-going experience. In an effort to minimize and discourage similar unruly behavior this year, the Boston Police Department is kindly reminding all attending the feasts and those visiting the City of Boston to celebrate responsibly. As most feast-goers already know, certain disruptive behavior, such as public drinking and fighting, will not be tolerated and community members who witness such behavior are encouraged to call 9-1-1. Additionally, those attending the feasts should expect to see a healthy police presence with officers highly visible and available to address any issues, concerns or complaints impacting the feasts or surrounding area. Again, the feasts are a long-adored staple in the North End community and special to those who have celebrated these special events for decades. In closing, we hope and expect to continue this fine tradition and warmly welcome and invite all who plan to attend this year’s feasts to do so in a responsible, respectful manner.”