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OCPD Reminds Everyone to Celebrate Safely Ahead of St. Patrick's Day Festivities

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - With the St. Patrick's Day holiday just around the corner, a lot of people are expected to swarm Ocean City for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and festivities. While the event is always cause for a fun-filled weekend, the Ocean City Police Department is reminding party-goers to celebrate safely and designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 40% of all crash fatalities nationwide during the 2013 St. Patrick's Day weekend involved drunk drivers. Nearly three-fourths of those drunk drivers had a Blood Alcohol Content level of twice the legal limit.

"We want everyone to be safe and smart during their celebration," commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. "Designate a sober driver ahead of time, call a taxi or ride the municipal bus."

The OCPD recommends the following tips to ensure you have a safe St. Patrick's Day:

    When you're making your plans for St. Patrick's Day think about how you will get home safely and stick to your plan.

    If you're impaired call a taxi, a sober friend or use the municipal bus to get home safely.

    If you see a drunk driver on the road, never hesitate to call us at 911 or 410-723-6600.

    If a friend is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.

The Ocean City Police Department as well as State Police in both Maryland and Delaware will be out in full force all weekend to crack down on drunk driving all over Delmarva.

If you are planning to go to the parade, Ocean City officials say it begins at noon on March 14 and runs from 60th Street to 44th Street. Officials say there will also be a festival with food, drink, and fun at the 45th Street shopping area starting at 11 am.


Leading the parade are grand marshals Kathleen and Mike Higgins. With pipe and drum bands, including the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band and the Ocean City Pipe and Drum Band, the St. Patrick's Day Parade brings the sounds of Ireland to the streets of Ocean City. Also participating are several area high school marching bands led by the Stephen Decatur High School Marching Band and numerous festively decorated St. Patty's Day floats.

The procession begins at noon at 57th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center, where the viewing and judges stand will be located, according to city officials. Trophies will be awarded for best marching band, best commercial float, best non-commercial float, best motorized unit, best adult marching unit, best youth marching unit, special committee award, judges' choice award and best overall entry in the parade.


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