St. Patrick's Day: Cleveland is parade ready, are you? - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

St. Patrick's Day: Cleveland is parade ready, are you?

St. Patrick's Day dogs ready for the parade. (Source: Eileen Brubaker) St. Patrick's Day dogs ready for the parade. (Source: Eileen Brubaker)
Watch for no parking signs, so you don't get towed. (Source: WOIO) Watch for no parking signs, so you don't get towed. (Source: WOIO)
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland parade organizers expect a crowd of between 200,000 and 300,000 Tuesday for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Cleveland. That's an average-sized crowd considering the parade falls on a week day and the weather is expected to be a little chilly.

It was 2012 when the parade fell on a Saturday, with great weather. That crowd was estimated at 500,000.

We spoke with Cleveland Police, who say they've received no threats to this year's festivities, but say they are ready.
 
"We do sweeps in advance for things, like explosives or anything that could be dangerous," says Detective Jennifer Ciaccia. "See something,
say something is always something we encourage during parades and large-scale events."

One big change to the parade this year is the closure of Public Square for construction. The parade normally rolled through Public Square and took a right turn on Roadway Avenue. This year, it ends about a block earlier on East Third Street.

Organizers and police are asking everybody to stay away from Public Square.

In a rare move, Tower City has decided to close the shops and food court at 2 p.m. but there will be access to the Rapid.

As for parking, if you see an orange NO PARKING sign or a hood over a parking meter, don't park there.

"Don't park anywhere there's bagged meters or orange cones, because you'll come back from the parade and you might have like a 'dude, where's my car?' kind of moment and that's very expensive," advises Ciaccia.

The best bet to get in and out of downtown may be the RTA. They're selling an all-day pass for $5 that gets you on all trains, buses and trolleys, which would take away the pain of parking, while providing a designated driver. For more information from the RTA CLICK HERE.

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