SJ Mardi Gras Lands 26 in Handcuffs

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    Police arrested 26 people at Tuesday night's Mardi Gras  celebration in downtown San Jose, a police spokesman said this morning.

    Of those arrests, 15 were felonies and 11 were misdemeanors, Sgt.  Jason Dwyer said.

    The unofficial Mardi Gras celebration is not an organized event,  but is known to draw rowdy crowds.

    Dwyer said the troublemakers have tended to be the minority in the  past few years.

    "Generally, the biggest reason that things have quieted down this  year is that people just want to go down to have fun, not commit a crime,"  Dwyer said.

    There was one serious incident during Tuesday night's celebration  in which a 21-year-old woman was assaulted and knocked unconscious in the  Third Street parking structure, Dwyer said. She was taken to a hospital with  injuries that were not life-threatening.

    The suspect was not identified, he said.

    Most of the arrests were for probation or parole violations,  outstanding warrants, or illegal weapons. Six of the people arrested were not  San Jose residents.

    Last year's celebration saw the same number of arrests.