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Rowdy crowds, several arrests follow Puerto Rican Festival

Rochester, N.Y. Nearly 30 people were arrested in the hours immediately after Rochesters annual Puerto Rican festival.

The Rochester Police Department says rowdy crowds clogged the streets in the area of Hudson Avenue and Avenue D. More than 100 RPD officers were on duty and used PepperBalls to disperse those crowds.

Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct. There are no reports of any injuries.

The annual festival itself, held this year at Frontier Field, finished without any problems. It saw crowds of about 8,000 people each day. The post-festival situation has been much the same in recent years, with arrests made soon after the festival ends.

Every year we plan for this for the safety of the people in the neighborhoods, said RPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Elena Correia. The festival is a great time - food culture, music, everything - but afterwards we need to make sure that everybody goes home safely.

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Washington Times