That number represents a 50 per cent increase over the 2018 event at which police estimated 22,000 people were attendance.
Extremely dangerous: Ezra Avenue St. Patricks Day street party biggest ever, say police
Each year we remain concerned for public safety, but this year the density of the crowd was more significant than ever and causes us even greater concern, Waterloo police chief Bryan Larkin said in a statement.
As we move forward, we will continue to meet with our community partners and members of the joint taskforce to find alternatives to this unlawful and extremely dangerous gathering.
Police say they made 18 arrests during Sundays event for offences ranging from assault and mischief to resisting arrest and alcohol-related issues.
Over the course of the day, it said paramedics received 80 calls for service and took 52 people to hospital. Grand River Hospital said 59 patients were assessed in its emergency room, while St. Mary's General Hospital saw 19 patients between 1 and 4:30 p.m.
In addition, they handed out 514 tickets on Sunday, a slight increase over 2018 when there were 495 tickets issued.
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Amid the intoxicated masses, there are several people giving out water and picking up trash. pic.twitter.com/V7gvCLLehu
The agency put on 11 extra paramedic crews and they were necessary as they answered 80 calls and transported 52 people to hospital.
The volume of patients and transports put significant pressure on our resources, as well as our local hospitals, Stephen VanValkenburg, Chief of Paramedic Services, said. This event continues to be a significant public safety risk for the community and those involved in responding to the unsanctioned gathering.
PICTURES: Thousands are partaking in St. Patricks Day parties on and near Ezra Avenue (just outside of @Laurier) in #Waterloo. pic.twitter.com/iUjFszqHCW
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In its news release, the Waterloo Regional Police Service encouraged members of the public to have their say about unsanctioned public events in a survey conducted by the public gatherings task force.
Grand River Hospital received 59 emergency room visits in relation to the Ezra Avenue party which it says were mostly for over consumption of alcohol, head injuries, lacerations, falls and fractures.
St. Marys General Hospital emergency room saw an additional 19 visitors from the party between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
By-law officers from the city of Waterloo answered 171 calls related to noise and public nuisance and they handed out 25 tickets. They also cleared out three homes due to overcrowding and issued lot maintenance orders to 17 properties.
Wilfrid Laurier Universitys Special Constable Service issued a further 127 tickets while University of Waterloo Police Services issued nine more.
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Regional police estimate that 33,000 people were on the street at the partys peak, noting that this number does not account for the entire days traffic.
Larkin says another area of concern being this is the first time they experienced projectiles being tossed, as well as fist fights that broke out within the crowd.
Thats up from about 22,000 at the peak of last years party. Another street over, police had to close Bricker Avenue for the first time.
Each year we remain concerned for public safety, but this year the density of the crowd was more significant than ever and causes us even greater concern, Police Chief Bryan Larkin was quoted as saying in a press release.
Charges laid were up only slightly year-over-year, with 514 charges in 2019 compared to 495 the year before.
Waterloo Regional Police have released numbers from the annual unsanctioned St. Patrick’s Day party on Ezra Avenue in Waterloo.
According to the release, paramedic services saw an increase in demand through the event, with a total of 80 calls and 52 patient transports carried out. Altogether, 11 additional paramedic crews were designated to the area.
The volume of patients and transports put significant pressure on our resources, as well as our local hospitals, said Chief of Paramedic Services Stephen Van Valkenburg in the release.
By-law enforcement laid a total of 25 charges and gave out 700 parking and traffic fines. A total of 35 vehicles were towed in connection to the event.
Wilfrid Lauriers police service issued 127 charges, while the University of Waterloos issued nine alcohol-related tickets.
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