Published Sunday, March 17, 2019 12:59 EDT
Last updated Sunday, March 17, 2019 at. 14:01 EDT
Ezra Avenue closed shortly before noon Sunday to the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration as hundreds filled Waterloo Street.
A London driver was charged after police found open alcohol in their vehicle at 8:45.
Despite the efforts of the police, the relief workers and the community to curb the insufficient event, the party continues to draw a large crowd.
Last year came approx. 22,000 people out to Ezra Avenue.
"St. Patrick's Day is one of our biggest operational events this year, "said Ashley Dietrich, a public information officer with Waterloo Regional Police." Today, our top priority is public security, crowd management, and law enforcement. "
And these illegal events can be expensive.
Waterloo Regional Police told CTV last year that the total amount of public security added up to $ 1 million.
A task force was created last April to resolve the impact of unused events such as the Ezra Avenue party.
They are expected to make their recommendations to the Council in the fall.