Public Safety Readies for St. Patrick's Day

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 12, 2019) -- The City of Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department has made preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebrations Saturday, March 16.

To help commemorate the celebration, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police vehicles in Zone 2, which includes Downtown, will display special St Patrick’s Day decals. (A photo of the decal can be found below.)

Police and Public Safety want city residents and visitors to celebrate safely and responsibly. As such, please be aware of several items associated with the celebration.

Road Closures: To accommodate the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, several roads will be closed Downtown starting at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route, which includes Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street. The parade will form on Liberty Avenue from 11th to 26th streets. Streets will reopen at approximately 1 p.m.

Market Square: The Irish Society for Education & Charity, Inc., which organizes the parade, will host a family-friendly celebration in Market Square from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Note: Open containers of alcohol will not be permitted. Businesses on the square will serve alcohol as usual, but patrons cannot leave the businesses and/or patios with drinks.

DUI Patrols: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers will be out targeting anyone who drives under the influence. Plan ahead, take advantage of discounted Lyft, Uber and Z-Trip fares, and never drive while under the influence or get in a vehicle with a driver who is intoxicated. DUI patrols will be actively looking for you if you do.

Pedestrian Safety: Wear light-colored clothing so motorists can see you. Don’t wear headphones while walking. Every year when clocks change, vehicle vs. pedestrian crashes increase. Be aware.

“Please remember there will be zero tolerance for disruptive and illegal behavior,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “Liquor Control Enforcement agents will be undercover to assure that bars and restaurants don’t serve alcohol to those under 21. Underage drinking, fake ID’s, alcohol poisoning, DUIs, falls from roofs and balconies are some of the illegal and dangerous behavior we’ve seen on St. Patrick’s Day. We want everyone to enjoy the celebrations, but to do so in a safe and responsible manner.”

State Police, County Police, the Mounted Unit, police agencies from local universities and other public safety partners will be out in full force to prevent and stop illegal activities, and will cite or arrest those who violate laws.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department wishes all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.




Chris Togneri
Public Information Officer
Public Safety