EPPD DWI task force teaming with troopers for Mardi Gras celebrations

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:49am

A popular El Paso entertainment district is making plans ahead of Fat Tuesday.

So are El Paso police.

Tuesday night will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mardi Gras block party celebration on Cincinnati Street in West El Paso.

"It's the biggest party of the year down here," event organizer Anthony Duncan told NewsChannel 9.  "It's a lot of fun."

Duncan, a managing partner at the Corner Tavern Grill, said this year's Cincinnati Street event is expected to draw more than 4,000 bead-wearing partygoers.

...A busy night, for sure, for the district's bars and, potentially, for El Paso police officers.

Detective Mike Baranyay, an EPPD spokesman, said police will be teaming up with Department of Public Safety troopers for extra DWI patrols not only in the Cincinnati area, but all over the city.

The number of extra police officers will be at the discretion of each regional command center, Baranyay said.

"We know there are going to be people out there drinking and driving," he told NewsChannel 9. "If we can get the warning out a day in advance then, hopefully, people will be smart and responsible."

Duncan said he hopes the same.

"It's a night where a lot of people come out, have a good time, and, hopefully, they'll have designated drivers," he said.

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