City of Cleveland releases St. Patrick’s Day Parade plan, safety tips

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Published: Mar. 17, 2019 at 9:27 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2019 at 9:28 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Soon, the sound of bagpipes, dancing and cheering amongst a sea of green will fill downtown Cleveland from Superior Avenue and East 18th Street all the way to Rockwell Avenue for the 152nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Before that can happen, the city of Cleveland has done a whole lot of planning to make sure everyone stays safe.

Bomb-sniffing dogs will be all over downtown, while local and federal authorities will also monitor the festivities from the streets and inside the emergency operations center in downtown. But police say the public needs to keep their eyes and ears open too.

“You are our greatest partner. The public is our greatest partner. If you see anything that is out of order, please let someone know,” said Deputy Chief Harold Pretel of the Cleveland Police Department.

RTA is offering $5 round trip passes, and Lyft is partnering with the city of Cleveland to provide reduced and free rides.

Lyft and Cleveland police will release a promo code over the weekend on social media.

“All of the officers that will be in the parade detail will have Lyft cards, but there is only a limited number, but if you see a Cleveland Police officer, we will be able to help you get a safe ride home, or at least a cheaper version of a safe ride home,” said Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia of the Cleveland Police Department.

Click here for more information on what you need to know about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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