Come for the education. Stay for the drunken orgy.
Saint Patrick’s Day celebration at a local University – by the numbers.
10:30 AM – First reveller taken to hospital
11:00 AM – First keg party – with 300 students – busted.
10 busloads of out-of-town Uni students – 4 from prestigious Brock University, then parked abandoned in the University-area Starbucks parking lot. I’ll bet they were thrilled
42 Peel Regional Police sent up to assist a small army of Waterloo Regional Police – because Brock Uni, and one other, are in Peel Region.
47 ambulance calls by 6:00 PM
25 trips to the hospital by paramedics with partygoers,
5 of them in serious/critical condition – all alcohol-caused.
52 students treated at Grand River Hospital, closest to the bash. Both of Kitchener’s hospitals had extra staff on Saturday to prepare for a possible influx of drunken students, and injuries due to falls.
100 extra security officers on duty at Wilfrid Laurier U. buildings
40 sober students to volunteer for the Sunday morning cleanup
2 large dump trucks, to block off each end of a two block stretch of student housing, for safety, because the partiers owned the street.
400 beer cans/bottles collected as of 2:00 PM, by an under-employed man with a shopping cart full of garbage bags, for their 10cents/ea refund. He was hoping to get $99, to take his girlfriend to Niagara Falls for an overnight stay. He regularly cruises the student housing, and takes discarded beer cans and bottles out of blue recycling bins. St. Patrick’s is like Christmas to him. Two non-partying students gave him some hot food, and an alpaca sweater.
27 students on one house front porch, when the railing snapped. One girl received bruises, but was not included in the ambulance-run statistics.
250 cases of water and 5000 Timbits (donut balls) were handed out by Red Frogs, an international student support group. Slate Church also brought in water and Timbits.
20,000 – The estimated crowd within the two-block stretch. Police say that it easily eclipses last year’s 15,000.
248 police calls in a 12-hour period
619 charges laid
435 were alcohol-related
18 were Criminal Code, including one guy waving a knife
22,400 final ‘official’ Police estimate of the crowd – but you know the police, anything over a dozen doughnuts, and they lose track. They counted all the legs, and divided by two.
Teens coming from universities in Toronto, London and Guelph were stopped on area roads, and charged with speeding, drug possession, drunk driving, and other liquor offenses. Students hung off balconies, climbed trees, and onto roofs. Several arrests were made for public intoxication, assault and sexual assault.
One female Laurier student interviewed, said, “It’s not that much fun unless you’re drunk. I had a bad day until I got drunk.” She said that some young men were playing a game to see how many young women they could kiss. She was asked for a kiss, but declined, and fortunately, wasn’t sexually assaulted.
Several ‘civilians’ stopped by, to walk the gauntlet and view the happening. One couple said that they saw several young females drunk and passed out on front lawns. Young men have raging hormones, and a generally poor opinion of females who put themselves in this situation. Drunken young men have trouble controlling their raging hormones, and passing up a free chance at winning the intercourse lottery. It is fortunate that there weren’t more sex assaults.
Forgetting that Saturday was St. Paddy’s Day, the wife and I drove through Waterloo’s main intersection at 1:00 PM. Luckily we were a mile south of the big party, but still…. 5 green-adorned, very intoxicated young men spilled out of a bar and staggered up the main drag, each clutching an open beer. Very much a No-No in Ontario, they probably got away with it because every cop was at the melee. They all leaned against each other like teepee support poles. If one of them had tripped, they’d have all wound up in a pile.
And a good time was had by – some. For a lot of others, dealing with this debauched drunken Bacchanalia was a lot of work and expense. Now we have the K-W Oktoberfest to look forward to in six months. We get the same kind of numbers, but they’re spread out over 10 days. Anybody wanna come to town, and PARTAY?? 😯