The US state of South Carolina is considering banning St. Patrick’s day celebrations this year due to lewd behaviour and drunkenness. The annual festivities take place on Sullivan’s Island and have grown larger every year since they began 20 years ago.
Last year’s event saw four people arrested and several call outs to medical services. Authorities on Sullivan’s Island want to prevent public drinking and anti-social behaviour that they say is caused by outsiders who come to the island for St. Patrick’s day.
The local council will make a decision about banning the celebrations soon. There is concern that local businesses will loose revenue if the St. Patrick’s day event does not go ahead.