Everything you need to know before attending the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cleveland

CLEVELAND — It’s time to grab your favorite green apparel and embrace the luck of the Irish as Cleveland hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country this weekend.

A sea of green will flood the city streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at 2:04 p.m. on Sunday.

The 2019 parade theme is Irish Churches of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Parade Route

The parade begins on Superior Avenue at E. 18th Street and travels west on Superior to Public Square, then north on West Roadway, east on Rockwell and will end at the intersection of Rockwell Avenue and Ontario Street.

The city says the entire parade route is closed and observers are not to enter the parade at any time.

Courtesy: City of Cleveland

Lost Children

The city also reminds parade-goers who bring small children to be mindful of their whereabouts at all times.  Attendees should remind their children to find a law enforcement officer if they become separated from their guardians.

The Child Reunification Center will be located at Police Headquarters, 1300 Ontario Street on the 7th Floor. Members of the Bureau of Community Policing will care for lost children until they are reunited with their guardians.

Transportation and Parking Information

Meanwhile, parking restrictions will go into effect at 9 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

The standing weekend parking restrictions in the Warehouse District will remain in effect on the holiday. Restrictions begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and apply until 4 a.m. During daytime hours, street parking is legal and signage will be posted.

The map below shows Sunday’s road closures and no parking zones in the downtown area:

Courtesy: Cleveland Division of Police

Don’t Drive Under the Influence

Police also remind residents that persons who are found to be driving while under the influence will be arrested and have their vehicles impounded.  Cleveland police will have a heightened awareness for OVI offenders on city streets and highways.

RTA Information

Those looking to avoid driving or parking during the parade should consider taking the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) which will have increased rail service Sunday.  The last train leaves Tower City at midnight on the Red, Blue and Green lines.

RTA is also offering a special St. Patrick’s Day Round-Trip ticket available for $5.  It can be purchased from RTA staff at major rail stations. The city said to bring exact change.

Ride Share Discounts

The Cleveland Police Foundation has also partnered with the ride-share service Lyft to provide St. Patrick’s Day celebrators with safe rides home.  Police officers will be handing out promo codes for $5 off a Lyft ride during the parade.

Safety Tips

Lastly, the city reminds parade-goers to plan for the weather.  Our FOX 8 weather team is forecasting temperatures in the 30’s.  The city says to dress accordingly.

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City officials also remind residents to be aware of increased pedestrian traffic, as well as increased motor vehicle traffic.  Give yourself extra time for your commute.

More on St. Patrick’s Day, here.

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