PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Irish pride will fill the streets of Pittsburgh this weekend. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday morning.
The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Afterwards, there will be an Irish fair in Market Square.
The parade begins at Liberty Avenue and 11th Street, continues straight down Liberty to Grant Street, then Grant to the Boulevard of the Allies, turning right onto the Boulevard of the Allies and ending a Stanwix Street. A reviewing stand will be set up on the Boulevard of the Allies at Stanwix Street.
During the festivities, there will be a number in closures in place along the parade route and in Market Square.
Parade Route Closures:
- Liberty Avenue from 11th to 26th Streets
- Grant Street from 11th Street to First Avenue
- Boulevard of the Allies from Grant Street to Commonwealth Place
- Stanwix Street from Fort Pitt Boulevard to Third Avenue
Pittsburgh police say all roads will reopen by 2 p.m.
Market Square Closures (1:30 p.m.):
- Forbes Avenue between Wood Street and Stanwix Street
- Graeme Way
- Market Street
- McMasters Way – Accessible only for the garage
- Delray between Liberty Avenue and Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh police say all roads in Market Square will be back open once the celebrations end after 6 p.m.
Police say no open containers will be permitted along the parade route or in Market Square before 2 p.m. After that, open containers will be permitted in Market Square from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All revelers will then have to enter Market Square through a controlled entrance. And police say all patrons wishing to drink during those hours will have to provide ID at one of four carding stations and get a hand stamp and wrist band.
There are also some items that won’t be permitted in Market Square:
- No coolers
- No pets
- No glass bottles
- No vehicles
As for parking, police are asking revelers to arrive early and be patient. They recommend using mass transit, parking garages and open lots.
The city is also offering free shuttles between the Second Avenue parking lot and the South Side between noon and 4 a.m. It’s all part of a new one-day pilot program. For more information on the shuttle service, click here.
And if you ride the bus, 45 Port Authority bus routes will be rerouted Saturday morning because of the parade.
For more information on the Port Authority changes:
Police are also stepping up their presence on the South Side and the North Shore on Saturday. Also, Pittsburgh police say there will be roving DUI checkpoints throughout the city.
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