Office of Mayor William Peduto
City of Pittsburgh Details Plans For St. Patrick's Day Parade March 14
Public Safety and Public Works officials plan for safe & enjoyable activities in Downtown and the South Side this Saturday

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2015) City of Pittsburgh officials announced plans today to ensure a safe, fun and clean atmosphere for tens of thousands of visitors expected in the city Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities.

Motorists should expect delays and street closures Downtown after 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the parade staging area on Liberty Avenue from 11th Street east to 26th Street in the Strip District. The parade starts Downtown at 10 a.m. at Liberty Avenue and Grant Street, goes to the Boulevard of the Allies and finishes at a grandstand at Stanwix Street.

Streets should begin reopening by 1 p.m., but those attending other Downtown events -- including the 1 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins game at Consol Energy Center and the Home & Garden Show starting at 10 a.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center -- should plan for delays or consider taking public transit.

Uniformed and bike patrol officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will be enforcing the city’s prohibition against open containers of alcohol throughout the day.

No alcohol will be permitted within the public plaza at Market Square for a family event hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but open containers will be allowed in a confined section of the plaza for those ages 21 and over from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. During the “Irish Fair in the Square” entertainment will be provided by the Market Square Merchants Association, before the square shuts down at 5:30 p.m.

More than 40 Port Authority bus routes will temporarily be detoured during the parade but should resume regular routing by mid-afternoon. Detour information will be posted online at PortAuthority.org and available by calling Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or the TTY number 412-231-7007.

As the parade ends the Department of Public Works will begin picking up barriers and trash and sweeping Downtown streets.

With the conclusion of the parade public safety personnel including city police and mounted Allegheny County police will shift their focus to the South Side. State Liquor Control Board officers will monitor the area for underage drinking. Pennsylvania State Police will be posted at entrances to the East Carson Street corridor at 10th Street and the Birmingham Bridge. An extra medic unit will be on scene through 3 a.m.

Those visiting the South Side are urged against parking in the neighborhood’s dense residential streets.

Alternate parking plans have been developed by the City, the South Side Chamber of Commerce, the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association and the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan. Those alternatives include three valet parking at lots at 21st Street and E. Carson; 18th Street and E. Carson; and the First National Bank lot on E. Carson between 11th and 12th Streets. Public parking is also available at garages at South Side Works and Station Square.

Port Authority buses will continue their normal routes through the South Side all day, though during the parade riders using the 48 and 51 bus routes will be required to transfer to the T at Station Square.

A taxi stand will be available from noon to 3 a.m. on E. Carson between 17th and 18th Streets, and pedicabs from 2 p.m. to midnight at a stand on E. Caron at 18th Street.

Thirty portable toilets will be in the E. Carson business district between 12th and 25th Streets, as well as 45 large cardboard trash cans.

Police will begin clearing the South Side at 2 a.m.

At that time Public Works will also begin collecting barricades, picking up trash and street sweeping. Crews will use backpack blowers to blow sidewalk trash into the paths of street sweepers.

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