Police urge revelers to keep lid on Bruins celebration

A million people expected to line streets for parade

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By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / June 18, 2011

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Boston police say they will work to prevent rowdy behavior today from the throngs of fans attending the Bruins victory parade and are urging the faithful to celebrate as responsibly as they did after the team’s Stanley Cup-clinching victory Wednesday night.

“It’s going to be a great day for the city of Boston and a great day for the Boston Bruins organization,’’ Police Superintendent William Evans said at a press conference yesterday.

A million people are expected to line the streets, Evans said.

The main concerns for police are public drinking, acts of violence, and vandalism, he said.

Police are also worried about fans endangering themselves by climbing light poles and other structures to get a better view of the Bruins players, who will be riding in Duck Boats along the route.

He declined to say exactly how many police officers will monitor the parade, but said the department will have a sufficient number.

Evans said parking bans along the parade route will start as early as 5 a.m. in some places. The MBTA said it will add extra subway, commuter rail, and bus service.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at TD Garden at North Station and wind along the Boston Common and the Public Garden before reaching its final destination in Copley Square.

Evans said officers plan to visit bars and liquor stores in the area before and after the parade to ensure that the businesses do not serve underage and intoxicated patrons.

But police expect an even tamer crowd than the one that spilled onto the North End and other parts of the city after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7.

Police reported a handful of arrests Wednesday, but no serious incidents.

“The other night we [prepared] for the bar crowd coming out of the establishments and a lot more rowdy behavior,’’ Evans said. “This is a family day.’’

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe .com.

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