St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday

March 12, 2004

The 48th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and follow a downtown route that will spread Irish cheer from the Washington Monument to the Inner Harbor.

The parade, first held in 1956, includes a 5K run. This year's grand marshal will be Mary Fran Swan, president of the Irish Shrine at Lemmon Street, a museum that illustrates the lives of Irish immigrants in Baltimore.

The parade will last about three hours and require road closures and traffic detours. Parade participants will gather at noon at the Washington Monument, and the 5K run will begin at 1 p.m. at Charles and Franklin streets.

Starting at noon, Charles Street will be closed from Read to Conway streets, as will Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul streets. At 1:45 p.m., Pratt Street from Howard to President streets will be closed, as will South Street at Lombard.

Detours will be in effect, and bus routes will be temporarily altered. Passengers on bus lines 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 19, and 31 should allow for more travel time.

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations: Mount Vernon Place from Cathedral to St. Paul streets; Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul streets; Charles Street from Mount Vernon Place to Conway Street; Conway Street from Charles to Light streets; Market Place from Pratt to Lombard streets, and Pratt Street from Gay Street to Market Place.

For more information about the parade, visit www.irish parade.net. For information on detours and road closures, see www.baltimorecity.gov.

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