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    St. Patrick’s Day parade partiers due in court

    Gavin Castagna, Brian Fletch, and Christopher Castagna were in court Monday facing charges filed against them in connection with a St. Patrick’s Day assault in South Boston.
    Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
    Gavin Castagna, Brian Fletch, and Christopher Castagna were in court Monday facing charges filed against them in connection with a St. Patrick’s Day assault in South Boston.

    When South Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael ­Bolden asked two Hingham men arrested during Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade if they had any reason to be in South Boston in the near future, both quickly indicated on Monday they were willing to stay away.

    Bolden then ordered the ­release of John M. Thomas and Shawn M. Corcoran, who were apprehended by Boston police around 5 p.m. on East Broadway during the St.Patrick’s day celebration in South Boston.

    According to the police report filed in court, Thomas, 19, and Corcoran, 18, were being detained by witnesses when police arrived on scene. “The witnesses stated the victim was walking along East Broadway yelling out ‘Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!’ when the suspects punched him repeatedly in the face without provocation,’’ police wrote in a report.


    Thomas and Corcoran were among the 33 people arrested, most for disorderly conduct, during the parade. Police also cited 336 people for drinking in public.

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    Some of those arrested appeared in South Boston Municipal Court Monday; others may face court at a later date. During last year’s parade, police ­issued 244 citations for public drinking and arrested just eight people.

    Thomas and Corcoran both pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and were released by Bolden on the grounds they show up in court for the next date and stay out of South ­Boston until then.

    The Hingham men were among a dozen or so people ­arrested during the famous ­parade who were arraigned Monday, a group that included a man who punched the rear view mirror of an MBTA vehicle, more than a few people who chose to be churlish to ­police, and six people arrested when police broke up what they called a large party serving beer to underage drinkers.

    In a report filed in court, police said they observed more than 25 people drinking from a keg in the middle of the kitchen floor of Christopher Castagna’s apartment on East 6th St. In the report, police said uniformed officers knocked on the door and identified themselves as police as they entered the apartment.


    Police said they had to push their way through the crowd to a bedroom where they found Christopher Castagana.

    Police said Castagna was obviously drunk, shouted at police that they had no right to enter his home without a warrant, and twice pushed a police officer.

    Other officers wrestled him to the ground as he allegedly “began to incite the other individuals in his apartment,” the police report stated.

    Castagna was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and for keeping a noisy and disorderly house. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on low bail.

    Christopher Castagna declined to comment, but his brother, Gavin Castagna, said police overreacted, forced their way into the apartment without knocking, and ignored an effort by his brother to peacefully end both the party and the police intervention.


    Gavin Castagna said that those who were arrested later discovered their cellphones in the trash and that the videos they had taken of the incident had been deleted. Christopher Castagna, who also taped the incident with his cellphone, said his phone was missing.

    Gavin Castagna was arrested on charges of resisting ­arrest; he pleaded not guilty.

    In Boston Municipal Court in downtown Boston, Patrick J. Kelly, 25, was arraigned on a charge of kicking his girlfriend in the throat Sunday when she balked at drinking at a Boston bar after the parade, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

    Kelly, a Lowell resident, pleaded not guilty and was ­released on personal recognizance, prosecutors said.

    John R. Ellement can be ­­reach­ed at