The 2018 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 1:04 p.m. March 17. Here are some things to know before you go:
• The parade begins on Superior Avenue at East 18th Street and ends at the intersection of Rockwell Avenue and Ontario Street. View a map of the parade route.
• Parade planners will keep an eye on the weather. If the parade is postponed because of inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for March 25. Follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Facebook for updates.
• The parade theme is “Prominent Irish Pioneers of the 20th Century.” United Irish Societies Honoreesthis year include Grand Marshal Sheila Murphy Crawford, Mother of the Year, Joan (Hartnett) Reali, Inside Co-Chair Noreen Halley, and Outside Co-Chair Linda Burke.
• Over 130 groups are scheduled to march in the parade, including the Cleveland Police Department, the Elyria Police Department Color Guard, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers Department Honor Guard and Mounted Unit, the Lakewood Fire Department, the East Side Irish American Club, the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School band, the Wickliffe Swing Band percussion, the West Side Irish American Club, the Lake County Captains, the Mentor Irish Firefighters, Lake Metroparks, the Notre Dame College marching band and rugby team, and the Lake Erie Crushers.
• It will be a busy day downtown. The NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament is happening March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena, which is just south of where the parade route ends. Expect traffic, closed roads and higher-than-normal parking rates. Plan ahead by reviewing the downtown parking map, or consider using Cleveland RTA to get downtown.
• The projected forecast is mostly sunny with a high near 45 — but, this is Cleveland, so that could change as the date gets closer. Downtown can feel a bit breezy and cool from the lake, and parade attendees may be outside for several hours. Plan your outerwear accordingly.