The fracas at the Lilac Festival resulted in 16 arrests and no serious injuries. Now, as Rochester’s festival season gets under way in earnest, a history of chaos at some summer events has police stepping up enforcement and scouring social media for warning signs, as some revelers who witnessed the fighting saying they feared for their lives.
Fear is a powerful virus that can make people think twice about going to a festival for a family outing. And reputation can kill even a beloved public event: The annual Greece Festival for Youth shut down permanently in 2011 because of repeated bouts of brawling groups of young people.
“If fights continue at any event, eventually the event will no longer exist,” said festival goer Jim Jamison, 50, of Greece.“I don’t blame the promoters, I blame the disrespectful kids and adults who were fighting that ruin it for everyone else.”
Indeed, some say the root of such public brawls has less to do with security and more to do with state of youth and the power of social media.
“I don’t blame the promoters, I blame the disrespectful kids and adults who were fighting that ruin it for everyone else.”
And just who are these "kid's and adults"? Oh never mind everyone already knows.