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Two arrests associated with Hagerstown's Alsatia Mummers Parade

October 30, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Police Department reported the crowd at Saturday's Alsatia Mummers Parade was pretty well behaved.

Capt. John S. Moulton Jr. said two of the seven arrests that were made from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Hagerstown were attributed to the event, which organizers estimate draws about 100,000 people each year.

Saturday marked Hagers-town's second major festival in as many weeks.

The Downtown Live music festival Oct. 20 was held in the first block of South Potomac Street, complete with live bands and vendors. About 5,000 people attended, and the police department said 15 arrests were linked to the event.

The Mummers Parade route stretches from the intersection of Oak Hill and Potomac avenues down Potomac Street to South Hagerstown High School.

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Moulton said one person at the parade was arrested for failure to obey. Another person was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree assault for spitting on a police officer, he said.

Asked whether two arrests was a low number for such a large event, Moulton said, "In my opinion, yes."

He said no one was arrested during last year's parade.

James McCleaf, president and chairman of the 2007 Alsatia Mummers Parade, said he was satisfied with the way things turned out.

"As long as nobody got hurt, I'm satisfied," he said.

McCleaf said the only real problem occurred early on, when a train passed through the parade route and caused a gap among the marchers of about 10 minutes.

"That never happened before," he said. "It's just one of those funny things. If it had been another 10 minutes, we would have had a big gap."

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the parade is much like it was when he began attending as a child. The event has remained family-friendly all along, he said.

"It's a fantastic tradition," Bruchey said. "It's a great night."

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