Extra patrols added for St. Patrick's Day festivities in MainStrasse

COVINGTON, Ky. - Police in Covington are hoping to avoid a repeat performance of last year's St. Patrick's Day mess.

The annual drinking holiday is expected to draw a large crowd to restaurants and bars in MainStrasse this weekend. Last year, there was a serious assault, unruly behavior and piles of trash left for residents to pick up.

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones says a plan is in place for this year's festivities. More officers will be added to the mix throughout the times of the events, which start as early as 6 a.m. Saturday.

Jones says the police department is communicating with the MainStrasse business owners and asking them to cooperate by monitoring their tables and customer's alcohol consumption.

Despite the extra police added to monitor the event, Covington leaders aren't discouraging people from attending the annual St. Patrick's Day events -- only asking if you do participate, do it responsibly.

For more information about the Mainstrasse St. Patrick's Day celebration, go to http://www.mainstrasse.org/2013/03/celebrate-st-patricks-day-in-mainstrasse-village.

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