Several Baltimore streets in and around downtown will be closed Sunday for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade and 5K Shamrock Run, the city Department of Transportation announced.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. from Charles and Centre streets, head south on Charles to Pratt Street and go east on Pratt to Market Place, where it will disband about three hours later, the department said.
Parade participants will start gathering at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon about noon.
Starting at 11 a.m., Charles Street from Centre Street to Madison Avenue will close. At 11:30 a.m., officials will close Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul streets.
At 1 p.m., Charles Street will close from Centre to Conway streets. At 1:45 p.m., Pratt Street from Howard to President streets and South Street at Lombard Street will be shut down.
The closures will last until the parade has passed, the transportation department said.
In addition, parking will be banned from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on several streets along the route:
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 Water streets
Pratt Street from Gay Street to Market Place.
The Shamrock Run will begin at 1:15 p.m. at Charles and Franklin streets, the department said. It will head east on Conway Street, south on Light Street and along Key Highway to Jackson Street. Runners will then go back on Key Highway to Light and Pratt streets and end at Market Place.
Charles Street traffic will be detoured east onto Conway Street, north onto Light Street, which turns into Calvert Street, west onto Read Street and back onto Charles.
Pratt Street traffic will be detoured north onto Howard Street, east onto Baltimore Street, south onto St. Paul Street and back onto Pratt.
Transportation officials say that breaks in the parade will allow for motorists and pedestrians to go north onto Light Street and east on Baltimore Street, and to cross the parade route.