More than 400 arrests made at annual Tampa parade


This Jan. 27, 2007 file photo shows a group of colorful "pirates" tossing beads along the parade route during the Gasparilla parade, in Tampa, Fla.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2:56 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla.— Police in Tampa arrested more than 400 people at the annual Gasparilla Parade.

Police say the arrests Saturday included 406 misdemeanors. The majority were alcohol related. Police also made seven arrests on felony charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a police horse, fake ID and drug charges.

About two dozen suspects were transported to jail. All the rest were released and given notice to appear in court.

Police say seven juveniles face alcohol charges. Officials attributed the low number of juvenile arrests to an extensive education campaign in area high schools about a new zero tolerance policy.

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