The city of Manhattan wants residents to know a few things before Fake Patty’s Day.
Taking a proactive approach to this years event, city officials have posted a document on the city’s website spelling out several cautions and advisories that attendees may find pertinent. The unofficial holiday, which sees droves of people head to Aggieville, will happen on March 10 this year.
The idea, officials say, is to let people know what to expect ahead of time in order to better control the event, which has drawn concerns over binge drinking and rowdy behavior in recent years.
Lauren Palmer, assistant city manger, said the document also make people aware of the proactive approach various entities in the community are taking toward Fake Patty’s Day.
“Just as a reminder to folks there are consequences to negative behavior,” Palmer said.
It also lets participants know there will be no exceptions to state laws or city ordinances that weekend; all will be enforced.
“Unfortunately, in the past, many attendees have perceived Fake Patty’s Day as an opportunity to act irresponsibly without consequences,” the document notes. “The event has been associated with many negative issues including overcrowding, public intoxication, traffic congestion, illegal parking, acts of violence, and trash nuisances.”
It advises attendees to be aware of several drinking laws including: Minor in possession of alcoholic beverages, open container (21 years or older), transporting an open container, intoxicated pedestrian in street, furnishing alcohol to a minor, hosting minors and open saloon.
The document lists the definition of each offense and possible punishments.
It also explains identification offenses and “miscellaneous” offenses including: Disorderly conduct (fighting), public nudity, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana/drug paraphernalia, littering, urinating/defecating upon public places, public nuisance, noise and smoking indoors.
Additionally, it addresses what constitutes unlawful parking.
Those interested in viewing the website can link to it via themercury.com.