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Shamrocks, Shenanigans, and Superior Ave.: Your Ultimate Guide to Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Hold onto your shamrocks, Clevelanders! It’s that time of the year when the Cuyahoga River turns as green as a four-leaf clover and the city bursts into a symphony of bagpipes and cheers. That’s right, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and Cleveland is about to throw down the green carpet in style. Whether you’re Irish by blood or just for the day, here’s your go-to guide for celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in The Land.

Cleveland’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade: The Green Scene

Forget about finding the pot of gold; the real treasure is the parade! Starting promptly at 2:04 PM (because why not?), the streets of Cleveland transform into a sea of green, with over 10,000 participants marching to the beat of the Irish drum. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Starting Line: Superior Ave. and East 18th St., where the magic begins.
  • Best Spot for Spectators: Plant yourself between E. 9th Street and 12th Street on Superior Avenue for the best views and vibes.
  • Parade Perks: Expect to see dazzling Irish dancers, soulful bagpipers, majestic wolfhounds, and more kilts than you can shake a shillelagh at.

A Nod to the Past

Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is no spring chicken. It’s been painting the town green since 1842, making it a time-honored tradition steeped in history and, surprisingly, temperance. That’s right, the original parade was a dry affair. But fret not, modern-day revelers, the after-party scene in Cleveland has more than made up for it.

Post-Parade Shenanigans: Where to Eat, Drink, and Be Irish

After you’ve had your fill of parade pomp, it’s time to hit the town. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Irish feast or just a pint of the good stuff, Cleveland’s got you covered. Here’s a list of spots where you can continue the celebration:

  • Flannery’s Pub: A classic choice for a pint and a plate of corned beef.
  • The Harp: For those seeking a cozy atmosphere with live music.
  • Stone Mad Irish Pub: A spot for those who enjoy a side of history with their beer.
  • P.J. McIntyre’s: Where the party never stops, especially on St. Paddy’s Day.
  • The Flat Iron Cafe: A hidden gem for those in the know.
  • Mccarthy’s: Open early in the morning on the West Bank of The Flats.
  • Slyman’s: You can’t do St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland without this famous corned beef sandwich, featured on The Food Network as one of the most iconic Cleveland traditions.

Did You Know?

Cleveland has a hefty Irish heritage, with over 72,000 locals boasting roots from the Emerald Isle. This connection is celebrated not just on St. Patrick’s Day but year-round, thanks to our sister city relationship with County Mayo in Ireland. So, when you’re toasting with your green beer, remember, you’re part of a global family!


Cleveland’s St. Paddy’s Day Pro Tips

  • Dress Code: More green than a leprechaun on a lawn mower. The weather is still generally chilly in March, but maybe the luck of the Irish will be with us in 2024.
  • Go Green: Plan ahead if you want to drive, because those “temporary no parking” signs mean business. If you want to commit to really going green for St. Patricks Day, consider taking the RTA. Parking is free at many Rapid Stations and $5 to ride. Additionally, there is a free trolly on St. Patricks Day. Look for green vehicles and the unique signs at bus stops!
  • Attitude: Everyone is Irish today! Prepare for
  • Early Birds Get The Beer: Some bars around Cleveland open as early as 6:30 AM so plan to come early!

So, there you have it – your comprehensive, slightly cheeky guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland. Whether you’re here for the parade, the pubs, or the people, one thing’s for sure: Cleveland knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!

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Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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