Don’t Spend Your Whole Pot ‘O Gold on Paying a Ticket or a Bond! Keep the St. Patrick’s Shenanigans Under Control!
Pick a DD, book a hotel reservation, take public transportation or hail a cab, Uber or Lyft. THINK, PLAN and PREPARE for the day in advance.
Now is the time to pick your Designated Driver! Maybe you know someone who will volunteer for the job. Maybe you will have to pull names out of a hat or hold a cornhole tournament to determine who will be abstaining from alcohol for the day and driving your group out of harm’s way. Either way, now is the time to pick the DD!
The parade starts at 1pm this year, so plan to come downtown EARLY and see some of what downtown Cleveland has to offer. There will be lots of great restaurants open, and if you are driving, you will have a much easier time finding a spot in one of the parking lots. Have lunch or brunch while you wait for the parade to start, and still have plenty of time to stroll over to the parade route and find a great spot. If you plan to leave the driving to RTA, buy your day passes in advance http://www.riderta.com/stpats and plan to arrive at the train depot early in order to take advantage of parking.
Planning to party all day? Many of our downtown hot spots will surely hold parties for all of you leprechauns and leprechaunettes. Have a great time, but play it safe. Don’t drink and drive. Think about staying the night in one of Cleveland’s many hotels http://www.positivelycleveland.com/stay/ . Note: the price of a hotel room for the evening sure beats the dangers of driving drunk, not to mention the costs and fines of an OVI.
Have fun, plan ahead and be safe!
Visit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee’s website for more info: http://www.stpatricksdaycleveland.com/p/about-us.html
Follow us on Twitter @CLEpolice and the hashtag #CLEstPats for up to date traffic information.
NOTE: The parade route is Superior Avenue from East 24th Street to East 3rd Street, a right on 3rd Street and completing on Rockwell Avenue. The staging area will be between East 24th and East 18th Streets. This area will be a hard closure beginning at about 9am. Soft closures along the route will begin closer to the parade start.