Hold on to your shamrocks, Cleveland! St. Patrick’s Day is about to paint the town green on Friday, March 17, 2023, when the parade kicks off at the magically precise time of 1:04 p.m. on Superior Avenue at East 18th Street. Are you ready for a day full of green beer, pots of gold, and good ol’ Irish cheer?
Now, let’s talk logistics for this legendary celebration:
Roads & Parking: Leprechaun traffic jams are expected, so road closures start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The city will have extra police officers on hand to direct traffic (and maybe catch some rowdy leprechauns). Check the below maps for deets.
Carpool, bus, or hitch a ride on a rainbow to avoid parking nightmares downtown. If you’re feeling lucky, try RTA’s bus and rail services (check their routes here). Pay attention to signs, or you might find your car towed to the mysterious land of 3040 Quigley Road.
Parade Route: The route starts at Superior Avenue at East 18th Street, goes west on Superior Avenue to Public Square, north on West Roadway, and ends on Rockwell Avenue at Ontario Street. Roads crossing Superior Avenue will be closed. See attached maps for a visual aid.
Safety: Keep an eye on your little ones as they can vanish in the blink of an eye in big crowds. In case they wander off, uniformed safety personnel and Downtown Cleveland Alliance members are there to help. The Child Reunification Center is at Cleveland Marriott Downtown (1360 West Mall Drive).
Impaired Driving: Don’t rely on luck to avoid DUIs! Plan ahead by using RTA or rideshare services.
- Arrive early for a prime parade-watching spot.
- Scout parking options before you go (closest lots fill up first).
- Watch out for more pedestrians than usual downtown.
- Dress for Cleveland’s unpredictable weather.
- Report any suspicious shenanigans to law enforcement: call 216-621-1234 (non-emergencies), 9-1-1 (emergencies), or 216-25-CRIME (anonymous tips).
Now, gather your green gear and get ready for a St. Patty’s Day that’ll shamrock your world!