Parade Day Tips


Starting at 8:00am, the Cleveland Police Department will have a no parking ban in effect for the Parade staging area and route. This includes Superior Avenue between Public Square and East 24th St., plus all cross streets one block north and one block south of Superior Ave. In addition, there is a no parking zone related to the NCAA Wrestling Tournament at the Q Arena (Huron, Prospect and Euclid between Ontario and East 9th St.)

The Cleveland Police Department will start closing roads to through traffic as follows for the Parade:
  • 9:00am - East Roadway will have a detour starting at 9:00am (or earlier) due to the Reviewing Stand.
  • 10:00am - The staging area (Superior between E. 18th and E. 24th, and East 18th between Payne and Rockwell) are closed to traffic.
  • 11:00am - Public Square area and Superior between Public Square and East 9th will be closed to traffic.
  • 12:40pm - The full Parade route will be closed to all through traffic until the completion of the Parade.


The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest, single day event in the City of Cleveland. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are anticipated downtown to watch this year’s parade. In the event your child loses you, the Cleveland Police Department has established a child reunification center at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (1007 Superior Ave.)

A few preventive safety tips for taking small children out to busy locations (from the Clovis, California Police Department Facebook page):
  • Write your phone number on your child’s wrist and cover it with liquid band-aid.
  • Take a photo of your child using your cell phone the morning of the event so you have their clothing, hair style, and an up to date photo ready to go should you need it.
  • Teach any child over the age of four to memorize your cell phone number.
  • Ask, "Who works here?" when you take your child to a busy place. During the Parade, The Cleveland Police Department will have officers stationed throughout the parade area. Additionally, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance ambassadors will be stationed at every intersection.
  • Assume you'll get separated. Give your kids lots of reminders about staying together, but also talk about what you'll do when you can't find each other.


Port-a-potties will be located throughout the staging area, along Superior Ave., and on Public Square.


Per the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Rules, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted in the staging area or during the Parade. This rule is strictly enforced. 


The shops and restaurants (excluding Morton’s, The Steakhouse) at Tower City Center will close at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  Access to the RTA rapid transit train station will be open, and the normal Saturday schedule will be in effect.