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10 arrested at St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston

Ten men were arrested during Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry in South Boston, authorities said.

Boston police arrested five people, significantly fewer than last year, and State Police arrested another five, authorities said.

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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, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney.

Morgan was also 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 Monday.

Judge Michael Bolden ordered warrants for their arrests.

Boston police issued 293 citations for public drinking, said 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, McGuire said.

“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 other men were arrested for disorderly conduct, but they either had no criminal record or had 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.”

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
@globe.com
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