Parade Day Tips

The 2019 Parade Kicks Off at 2:04pm


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 Ave. between Public Square and East 24th St., plus all cross streets one block north and one block south of Superior Ave.

The Cleveland Police Department will start closing roads to through traffic as follows for the Parade:

  • 9:00am – The Parade Staging Area will be closed to non-Parade participants.
    • The Staging Area is Superior Ave. between E. 18th St. and E. 24th St.; and E. 18th St. between Payne Ave. and Rockwell Ave.
  • 10:00am – The intersection of Superior Ave. and East Roadway will be closed for placement of the Reviewing Stand.  Traffic will be diverted around Public Square (Superior Ave. to E. 3rd St. to Rockwell Ave.)
  • 11:00am – Cleveland Police Department will begin closing and barricading cross streets along the Parade Route.
  • By 1:45pm – ALL traffic along Superior Ave. will be closed until the completion of the Parade.
  • All Parade Units must enter the Staging Area from E. 24th St., and must have their Parade vehicle hang-tags in view at all time.
Click Here to View the CPD Map of Street Closures


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 Justice Center (1200 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 4413) on the 7th Floor – Training Academy.  (Click here for directions to the Justice Center.)

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 at Mall A.  (Click here for the Parade Route map with Port-a-Potty locations.)


Per the 2019 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 at Tower City Center will close at 2:00pm on Sunday, March 17, 2019.  Access to the RTA rapid transit train station will be open, and the normal Sunday schedule will be in effect.


The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is a great resource for locating parking lots in downtown Cleveland!  On St. Patrick’s Day, some parking lots may have access restrictions based on road closures before and during the Parade.  Please plan ahead!
Check out RideRTA for full details on schedules and pricing for St. Patrick's Day.
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