Several downtown Baltimore streets will be closed and parking restrictions will be in place for tommorow's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock 5k run.
The parade is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at North Charles and Centre streets and end at Market Place. The city's Department of Transportation says it will close the following streets at noon: North Charles Street from Read to Conway streets and Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul streets. Starting at 1:45 p.m., officials will close Pratt Street from Howard to President streets and South Street at Lombard Street.
Parking will be banned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 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 (south side only); Market Place from Pratt to Water streets; and Pratt Street from Gay Street to Market Place (north side only).
The Shamrock run is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. at Charles and Franklin streets and is to proceed south on Charles, east on Conway, south on Light and along Key Highway to Jackson Street. Runners will then head back on Key Highway to Light and Pratt streets and end at Market Place.
Charles Street traffic will be detoured east on Conway Street, north on Light Street, then north on Calvert Street, west on Read Street and then back onto Charles. Pratt Street traffic will be detoured to Howard Street, east on Baltimore Street, south on St. Paul Street and onto Centre Street.
Transportation officials say that breaks in the parade will allow for some traffic north on Light Street and east on Baltimore Street.