St. Patrick's Day is Monday. Are you ready to celebrate? The 147th St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at 1:04 p.m. Monday.
Parade Route: It begins at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East 18th Street and heads southwest down Superior to East Roadway. Then it turns northwest on East Roadway for one block before turning northeast on Rockwell Avenue.
The parade ends about two hours later at the intersection of Rockwell Avenue and East Sixth Street.
Cleveland Police ask that you not bring backpacks to the parade but they are not prohibited.
2014 parade theme: Irish Entertainers of Stage and Screen.
About 150 units will participate in the parade. The 2014 Grand Marshal is Andrew Dever, the Irish Mother of the Year is Bridie Joyce, and the parade co-chairs are John O'Brien Jr. and Mark Owens.
Tower City: Tower City Center will be closing at 2 p.m. Officials said that the shopping center -- including the food court and all shops -- will close then. Only Tower City Cinemas, Hard Rock Café, Morton's The Steakhouse, Lincoln Tap House and Houlihan's will remain open after 2 p.m., officials said.
Digging in at Slyman's on St. Patrick's Day:
After 2 p.m., limited access will be maintained to and from RTA and Tower City valet and self-parking, as well as access for Tower City office tenants and patrons of the open restaurants, Tower City Cinemas and the Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. Tower City Center will resume regular hours on Tuesday.
- Plan ahead. If you have questions, call 216-621-9500. Automated service is available 24/7.
- Leave early. Expect large crowds. Allow plenty of time to get downtown.Ride the Rapid. Trains will leave frequently throughout the heavy demand periods. Free parking is available at many Rapid Stations.
- Check parking availability at Rapid Transit lots
- Obey all signs — cars parked illegally may be ticketed and towed.
- Ride the HealthLine. The service operates 24/7, from East Cleveland to Public Square.
- Bring exact change. RTA employees will sell All-Day Passes for $5 at many rail stations. Have a $5 bill ready to make your purchase. Keep the card in a flat, secure place.
- Follow directions. RTA staff will work to provide you with a safe, enjoyable trip.Looking for parking? RTA will update traffic reporters on the status of Rapid Station parking lots.
- Follow RTA on Twitter @GCRTA, Facebook and through Commuter Alerts.
- For safety, travel in pairs. Be aware of your surroundings. Pack lightly — buses and trains will be crowded. Whatever you carry must be held in your lap.
- Protect your mobile devices. Leave your laptops and iPads at home. Keep your cell phone secure.
- Bicyclists be aware — when trains are crowded, you will not be allowed to board.
- Trolley service is free. Look for green vehicles and the unique signs at bus stops. Tell the operator your destination. Trolleys will be routed around the parade, and may be slower because of the crowds. If your celebration continues after the parade, trolleys can help you get around downtown.
Highlights from 2013 Parade
Look Back: 2013 CLE St. Patrick's Day Photos