Rochester, N.Y. – The Puerto Rican Festival closed two hours earlier than last year, which kept it to daylight hours.
Organizers hoped to avoid the post-festival melees that have occurred in recent years.
Traffic jams, flag waving, large crowds, and a heavy police presence were still part of the fest, as in recent years.
Police closed certain roads and instructed people to remain on sidewalks.
The festival was at Frontier Field. Crowds dispersed into northeast neighborhoods when it closed.
Festival organizers have long said that the festival itself is peaceful, and if there are disruptions, they occur elsewhere, and don't originate with festival goers.