Pat McGroin, Bridgeport's city attorney, city council member, and this year's Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick's day parade , was arrested for public drunkenness and wrong way parading at 9 A.M. this morning.
|Parade goers stood dazed and confused as they saw|
the parade coming the wrong way down the street.
|Grand Marshall Pat McGroin (L) was sited|
for public drunkenness and wrong way parading.
McGroin was arrested, jailed, and then released on his promise to appear in court all before noon. He made a public apology at O'Riley's Irish Keg House just after 1 P.M. "Everything was goin' fine," he told a crowd of revelers, "until about 8:45 this morning. I got so I was seein' Dublin and sent the floats the wrong way!" That brought a roar of laughter from the drinkers. The mood got even more festive and McGroin was forgiven with pats on the back, after he bought the house a round of green lager.
As for the parade, it ended up where it should have started, but all involved were happy after being serviced by a keg truck. OFF THE WALL will continue to cover city events like this one, come rain or shine. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!