By Bruce Felps

The annual St. Patrick’s Day after-parade party along Lower Greenville Avenue comes with a litany of rules and regulations such as the parking and no-parking zones and traffic flow map posted yesterday.

Another important regulation to heed concerns the core element of most any St. Patrick’s Day celebration: alcohol.

In the past, police typically would warn someone carrying an open container along a public space and then ask that person to pour it out. Not this year.

This year, officers will enforce the open container laws and issue citations — a $250 fine — to anyone toting an open container less than 18 feet from a public right of way. Carry a tape measure.

According to information issued by the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association, open containers must be 18 feet inside a public sidewalk. Front porch = OK. Standing on a sidewalk chatting with a passerby while holding an open beer bottle = negative-$250.

Granted, this applies more so to private parties in the neighborhood than to the epicenter of shenanigans just outside Stan’s Blue Note, but be aware.


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