PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2018) Several main thoroughfares throughout Downtown Pittsburgh will be closed Saturday, March 17, for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Other measures are in place for those patronizing South Side businesses on Saturday.
Downtown street closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route, which includes Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and the parade's end at Stanwix Street.
Streets will be opened up again at approximately 1 p.m.
The parade will form on Liberty Avenue from 11th to 26th streets.
Parking will be restricted along the parade route, including in the staging area and other locations reserved for bus parking and/or parade-related activities.
During the parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee will once again host a family friendly event in Market Square from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
After the parade the Market Square Merchants Association will hold the "Irish Fair in the Square" event in Market Square, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Participating restaurants and bars can serve alcohol at their sidewalk cafes, and open containers will be allowed in the plaza space of Market Square starting at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Market Square will be cleared of patrons by 6:00 p.m.
Roads leading into Market Square will be closed to through traffic.
Pittsburgh Public Safety personnel will be patrolling in Downtown and the South Side through the day and evening. There will be zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated or disorderly conduct.
For those patronizing the South Side, the Second Avenue Parking Plaza will be open for 24 hours of free parking and free shuttle services from the lot to the South Side, beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday. Riders can find where the shuttles are located with the Real Time Shuttle Tracker at www.ssNiteRider.com.
Starting this year a new NiteRider shuttle stop has been added to the First Street Parking Garage and T Station, so visitors can ride the T, get off at First Avenue and ride the NiteRider directly to the activities on the South Side.
Shuttles and shuttle stops will be marked with shamrocks.
Those celebrating St. Patrick's Day are urged do so responsibly and to use public transportation, cabs or ride-sharing services to get around the city.
“This St. Patrick's Day, everyone has a role to play in keeping our communities safe,” said Craig Ewer, Uber Pennsylvania spokesperson. “Whether you take an Uber, a bus, or a train, we urge you to plan ahead and don’t drink and drive.”
Lyft Marketing Manager Josh Huber said, "Lyft worked with the Pittsburgh police to identify pick-up locations that work with the expected crowds in the South Side and scheduled road closures throughout Downtown."
To facilitate traffic flow and emergency access to the neighborhood, no parking will be allowed in the public safety lane on East Carson Street between 12th and 17th starting at 4 a.m. Saturday, March 17 until 4 a.m. Sunday, March 18.
South Side parking meters will be operating and enforced as normal on Saturday until midnight, as will the Residential Parking Permit areas.
The Department of Public Works will be cleaning streets after the celebrations and will do their best to attend to trash cans during events, though that work may be impeded by heavy traffic.
Tonight, the City-County Building is illuminated to recognize Poison Prevention Week and the 50th Anniversary of "Mr. Yuk" in partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For questions about the lighting at the City-County Building, please reach out to the Office of the Mayor.