Ten men were arrested during Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day revelries in South Boston, according to authorities.
Boston police arrested five people , significantly fewer than last year, and State Police arrested an additional five, authorities said.
Michael Geier-Griffin, 17, , of Dedham, and Benjamin Morgan, 34, of South Boston, were charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney. Morgan was additionally charged with disturbing the peace, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Tyler Lyne, 21, of Berkley was arrested and charged with assault and battery, prosecutors said.
Lyne and Morgan were held on $500 cash bail. Geier-Griffin was released on his own recognizance, Wark said.
All of the men pleaded not guilty during their arraignments Monday in South Boston District Court.
Christopher Danjou, 28, of Gloucester, and Brett Mirault, 24, of Haverhill, were arrested at the parade on public drinking and assault and battery charges, but they did not appear in court on Monday. Judge Michael Bolden ordered warrants for their arrests.
Boston police issued 293 citations for public drinking, according to Officer Rachel McGuire, a police spokeswoman.
Last year, Boston police officers arrested 33 people and issued 336 citations. The drop this year was due to the increased police presence along the 3.7-mile parade route, said McGuire.
“I think we’ve made it clear that public drinking and out-of-control behavior will not be tolerated,” said McGuire.
In 2012, officers arrested eight people and issued 244 citations.
“We’re happy that people were able to celebrate responsibly this year,” McGuire said.
Public drinkers who are cited face a $200 city ordinance violation, said police spokesman Michael McCarthy.
From the State Police arrests this year, John O’Donnell, 24, of South Boston, and Dillon O’Reilly, 21, of Marstons Mills, were both charged with operating under the influence of alcohol. They pleaded not guilty at Monday’s arraignments in South Boston District Court. Both were released on their own recognizance.
Three additional men were arrested for disorderly conduct but they had no criminal record, or a minor one. Their cases were dismissed on the condition they perform 40 hours of community service. Their names were not released.
Lieutenant Daniel Richards said the five arrests were normal for State Police.
“We usually have about four to six arrests per year,” he said of the holiday parade. “Nothing too crazy.”