By Marianne Martinez, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in Dallas is an annual tradition.

But this year, the Dallas Police Department announced one change: officers would be more strict when enforcing the city’s open container law. Signs even went up around the neighborhood informing party-goers of the change. But longtime Lower Greenville residents did not notice any difference. “I’ve seen a lot of people walk around with coolers and cases of beer,” said resident Bill Silliman, “and I haven’t seen any police officers harrassing them.”

Out of the 12,000 people who attended the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party — and the hundreds more who partied in the surrounding neighborhood — police in Dallas issued 21 consumption citations. There were only two DWI arrests, 207 parking citations and 41 towed vehicles.

“Everyone’s behaving themselves,” said Sr. Cpl. Adolfo Perez with the Dallas Police Department. “It’s been a very good crowd.”

Even though the annual celebration means that residents have to put up with added noise and litter, they said that it comes with the territory. “If you’re going to live in this neighborhood,” said resident Meg Rawson, “you know this comes once a year.”

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