Office of Mayor William Peduto
City Officials Release Plans For St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebrations On March 12

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 9, 2016) - City of Pittsburgh officials have released the following plans to ensure a safe, clean and enjoyable atmosphere for tens of thousands of visitors expected in the city Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities.

Parade

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 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Disney On Ice shows at Consol Energy 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.

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 and is available by calling Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or the TTY number 412-231-7007.

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

Market Square

A family friendly event hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will take place in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roads leading into Market Square will be closed to through traffic.  

Motorists and visitors can access the parking garage at the Hilton Garden Inn via on Forbes Avenue. Access to the parking garage on McMasters Way will be granted to residents as usual, via Fifth Avenue.

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 1 p.m. The Market Square Merchants Association will host “Irish Fair in the Square” starting at 1 p.m. Open containers will be allowed in a confined section of the plaza -- on participating restaurant sidewalk cafes and cobblestone streets -- for those ages 21 and over from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Starting at 2 p.m., open containers will be permitted in the plaza space of Market Square. Last call is at 5:30 p.m. and Market Square will be cleared of patrons by 6 p.m. During the “Irish Fair in the Square” entertainment will be provided by the Market Square Merchants Association, before the festivities in the square shut down at 6 p.m.

South Side

With the conclusion of parade and downtown festivities, public safety personnel, including city police, mounted Allegheny County police and Pennsylvania State Police, will shift their focus to the South Side. State Liquor Control Board officers will monitor the area for underage drinking. Delanie’s Coffee Shop at 1737 E. Carson Street will serve as a police substation.

ortation plans have been developed by the City, Port Authority of Allegheny County, South Side Bar and Restaurant Association and the Pittsburgh Transportation Group.

Free parking will be available in the Second Avenue Parking Lot (900 spaces) for South Side residents, employees and visitors. From 7 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday, two Circulator South shuttle buses will transport commuters from the Second Avenue Lot to the South Side. A third Circulator South shuttle will run from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Circulator shuttles are free of charge. Shuttles will travel from Second Avenue, across the 10th Street Bridge and along E. Carson Street with stops at 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th and 21st Streets. Shuttle stops have not been placed in residential areas. Vehicles are permitted to stay in the Second Avenue Parking Lot overnight but must be removed by Noon on Sunday, March 13.

Public parking is also available at garages at South Side Works and Station Square.

Those visiting the South Side are urged against parking in the neighborhood’s dense residential streets. Parking meters and residential parking zones will be enforced through normal operating hours on Saturday. Vehicles will not be permitted to park on the south side of East Carson Street between 12th St. and 18th St.

A “Rideshare Zone” will be set up on the south curb (Slopes side) of the 1700 block of E. Carson Street. Taxi and rideshare vehicles will have pickup and drop off curbside access between 17th St. and 18th St. Rideshare and taxi services are highly encouraged.

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.

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

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

Once patrons are cleared from Carson Street Public Works crews will 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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