St. Patty’s Parade Could be ‘Biggest in History’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- St. Patrick's Day revelers who are heading to downtown Cleveland Saturday will be met with a heavy security presence.

Parade committee executive director Patrick Murphy said, "This should be the biggest parade we've had in history."

Cleveland's 145th annual St. Patty's Day parade is expected to draw more than 400,000 people into the city. Cleveland police are taking preventative measures to ensure a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, CPD Homeland Security Commander Harold Pretel said, "There is something we are not going to tolerate and that is disorder."

Pretel would not specify how many officers will be working security, but he said law enforcement would include bomb-sniffing dogs, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad and aviation units.

Dozens of security cameras stationed throughout the city will also be closely monitored throughout the day.

Last year, Cleveland police arrested 38 people. Party-goers are being warned not to drink and drive. "There will be sobriety checkpoints out there," said Pretel.

If you plan on taking RTA, arrive early.  Although extra routes are being added, expect long lines. Traffic is expected to peak between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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