The 10th annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl was the biggest celebration yet, with more than 5,000 people participating in the festivities.


Despite the large turnout, law enforcement agencies say there were only a few problems and even fewer arrests. The majority of the evening, they say, was spent responding to the large number of disturbance calls being reported at the restaurants and bars on the crawl. Most of those calls were handled by officers at the scene and did not result in any arrests.


The 10th annual Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl was the biggest celebration yet, with more than 5,000 people participating in the festivities.

Despite the large turnout, law enforcement agencies say there were only a few problems and even fewer arrests. The majority of the evening, they say, was spent responding to the large number of disturbance calls being reported at the restaurants and bars on the crawl. Most of those calls were handled by officers at the scene and did not result in any arrests.

Of the arrests, charges ranged from driving while intoxicated to possession of a controlled substance to outstanding warrants.

Agencies reported no vehicle accidents.

Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples said the few minor scuffles he witnessed were typical of past pub crawls and ended with neither party wanting to file a complaint.

"Things went really smooth," he said, especially considering the large amount of people.

Officers in Osage Beach echoed similar sentiments.

Overall, participants were very well behaved, said Sgt. Michael O'Day.

Nearly every stop on the crawl was one-out-one-in starting around 8 p.m. causing lines to form to get into restaurants.

Firefighters with the Osage Beach and Lake Ozark fire protection districts were positioned at each stop to help with over-crowding.

Buses were also manned with extra security.

Contact Deanna Wheeler at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com.