Our Lady of Hope & St. Luke Parishes announced they had to end their Dundalk carnival early on Friday night after an incident took place on the grounds. The carnival is located in the Our Lady of Hope field near Lynch and Wise avenues.
According to the church, the incident involved a group of juveniles” and Baltimore County Police made the decision to shut down the carnival early.
As a result of the incident, all minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 21 for the last five days of the carnival. The carnival runs this Saturday and Sunday and next weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The following statement was released from the Our Lady of Hope & St. Luke Parishes:
“Thank you to all of our community members who showed up today to support the carnival. For several hours it was an enjoyable evening and most attendees had a wonderful time.
The evening was cut short due to an incident involving a group of juveniles. We are sorry for this, however this decision was out of our control and was made by the Baltimore County Police Department for the safety of all involved.
As a result, the carnival will close tomorrow night at 10 p.m. instead of 11. In addition there will be an additional police presence on the field by uniformed and non-uniformed police officers.
We will be enforcing the no unaccompanied minors rule. Our gate staff will not allow any children into the event without an adult over the age of 21 with them. Any child under the age of 18 on the field without an adult present, will be told to leave the grounds immediately.
Our goal is to provide a family friendly event and we feel these steps are necessary to increase the level of safety and promote the family friendly atmosphere.”