St. Patrick's parade Sunday will divert downtown traffic

March 16, 2001

The Department of Public Works has announced the following changes in traffic patterns because of the St. Patrick's Day parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Charles and Centre streets and last about three hours.

Marchers will proceed south to Pratt Street and east along Pratt to Market Place, where they will disband.

Street closings: Charles Street from Conway Street to Madison Street, beginning at 1:30 p.m.; Pratt Street from Howard Street to President Street, beginning at 1:45 p.m.; South Street at Lombard Street, open to local traffic only beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Detours: Charles Street: right (east) on Conway Street to left (north) on Light Street to Calvert Street. Pratt Street: left (north) on Howard to right (east) on Baltimore Street, then right (south) on President.

Periodic breaks in the march will allow traffic on northbound Light Street and eastbound Baltimore Street to proceed across the parade route.

Parking: There will be no parking from noon to 5 p.m. on both sides of Mount Vernon Place from St. Paul Street to Cathedral Street; on both sides of Centre Street from Cathedral Street to Charles Street; on both sides of Charles Street from Mount Vernon Place to Conway Street; on the south side of Conway Street from Charles Street to Light Street; on both sides of Market Place from Pratt Street to Lombard Street; and on the north side of Pratt Street from Gay Street to Market Place.

The O'Doul's Shamrock 5K Run will begin at 1:45 p.m. at Charles and Franklin streets. Runners will proceed south on Charles Street to Conway Street, then left (east) on Conway Street to Light Street, right (south) on Light Street to Key Highway, along Key Highway to Jackson Street, then back along Key Highway, Light Street and Pratt Street to the finish line at ESPN Zone.

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