Posted on March 18, 2015

Chaotic Fighting in Downtown Minneapolis Mars St. Patrick’s Day

Aaron Rupar, Fox 9 (Minneapolis), March 18, 2015

Minneapolis police made approximately 6 arrests during a chaotic Tuesday night downtown following the St. Patrick’s Day parade, as hundreds of teens got into several large fights. The first reports of large crowds and fighting started coming in around 7:30 p.m., toward the end of the parade. Hundreds of teens took buses downtown, apparently with the intention of causing trouble.

As the crowd milled around Nicollet Mall, several large fights broke out. Crowds would gather and police would break it up, then it would start all over again in a new location. Police eventually swept Nicollet from both ends, occasionally using a chemical irritant to get the crowds under control.