March in Downtown Cleveland and, while it may be cold, we all know what’s on our minds. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on Monday this year and parade watchers can expect a 1:04 starting time.
This year, as you’re showing off your Irish pride, showcase your Cleveland pride as well by shopping local. Retailers such as CLE Clothing Co. and stops inside of 5th Street Arcades are selling creative St. Patrick-ified shirts for you to sport when you’re in Downtown Cleveland. Going somewhere else to celebrate? Wear your CLE love proudly!
Here is a list of how to spend your day in Downtown Cleveland on March 17th, before, during and after the parade.
– RTA is the way to go. It is no secret that the green beer flows on St. Patrick’s Day – if your designated driver is stuck at work, be sure to take public transportation. The RTA rapid is the best way to get to Downtown on St. Patrick’s Day. Park your car at a nearby rapid stop, purchase an all-day pass that’s only $5, and head on Downtown.
Pssst.. this month’s RTA monthly pass gives pass-holders $2 off all ticket purchases for CIFF.
– Wear the green, respect the yellow. On St. Patrick’s Day alone, the DCA Ambassadors remove more than 4,500 pounds of trash and give more than 2,000 different types of assistance to those attending the festivities. Their assistance includes giving directions and escorts, providing lock-out and jump starts, answering parade-related questions and more. Need help finding the best corned beef sandwich in Downtown? The Ambassadors not only help with the safety and cleanliness of the streets, but they know all the ins-and-outs of the city as well.
– Speaking of corned beef… Flannery’s Pub has a wide selection of Irish fare, such as the corned beef and cabbage plate, amongst other dishes. Tilted Kilt in the Gateway District, whose garlic, ahem, Gaelic Chicken comes with an Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce, can also provide a menu filled with Irish Fare.
– Where’s the Guinness? Parnell’s Pub at PlayhouseSquare will be celebrating their 2nd St. Pat’s Day in Downtown Cleveland. This small Irish Pub will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Ireland, sipping on the ice cold Harp and Guinness that are on tap. Parnell’s is located on Euclid Avenue, right next door to the Allen Theatre.
– Luck of the Irish! Test your luck at the Horseshoe Casino.
– Is it 1:00 yet? Perhaps you’ve been stationed along Superior Avenue for hours to make sure you have a great view of the parade, or perhaps you’ve been getting the full Downtown CLE experience. Either way, it’s show time. The parade consists of marching bands, radio stations, local athletes, sports teams’ mascots, bagpipes, drill teams, floats and more. After the parade’s conclusion, don’t rush home. Since it’s just about dinner time, finish the day off by feasting on more of Downtown’s Irish fare or visit another one of the city’s fine culinary establishments.
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