Officials expect 200K at Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parade

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CLEVELAND-- City officials discussed safety and security plans for the St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland on Wednesday.

The news conference includes representatives from the Department of Public Safety, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Parade officials said they expect 200,000 to 250,000 people downtown for the festivities, depending on weather. If there are torrential rains or high winds, the parade could be postponed. In that case, an announcement will be made by 6 a.m. Friday. The parade make-up is Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Cleveland Division of Police stressed the importance of the public's involvement in keeping the parade safe. If you see something, say something and do something. Police said document suspicious events by taking a picture or writing down a license plate.

Backpacks in the parade area will be subject to search. Child reunification will be based out of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

The parade route is slightly different from previous years now that Public Square is back open. It steps off at 1:04 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street.

To report out-of-character behavior, call 216-515-8477.

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