St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will bring a green mass of people to Downtown Pittsburgh and the South Side on Saturday, March 17. This year’s parade will be dedicated to late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.
The parade starts at 10 a.m.
Parade route: Marchers will gather outside the Greyhound bus station at Liberty Avenue and 11th Street. The parade will then proceed to Grant Street, to the Boulevard of the Allies, turning right and proceeding to the reviewing stand at Stanwix Street, finally disbursing on Commonwealth Place.
Street Closures: Downtown road closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route, which includes Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street. Roads will reopen at approximately 1 p.m.
Streets leading into Market Square will be closed to through traffic. There will be access to the parking garage at Hilton Garden Inn via Forbes Avenue. Access to the residential parking garage on McMasters Way will be available via Fifth Avenue.
Market Square: A family-friendly parade fest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with Irish dancers, buskers and face painting for kids. An adult party, with alcohol sales, will be held in the square from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., the party will feature two bands performing at 2:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Parking: Street parking will be heavily restricted. Visit the Parking Authority website for a list of downtown lots and garages and their rates.
Public Transit: Check the Port Authority schedules for bus and T service. More than 40 bus routes serving Downtown and the Strip District will have detours and/or temporary stop changes on the morning of the parade.
South Side shuttles: Hours for the free shuttle are extended from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Free parking will also be offered at the lot across the Monongahela River on Second Avenue. This year, there will be three shuttle stops: Muriel Street at South 12th Street (behind Market House), South 18th at Sidney Street (in front of the parking lot) and South 21st at East Carson Street.