The Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off today at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Charles and Centre Streets and will proceed south on Charles Street.
It will continue east on Pratt Street to the disband area along Market Place.
Drivers should be aware of numerous road closures downtown.
Parade participants will begin forming at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the Washington Monument. The parade should last about three hours and periodic breaks in the march will allow vehicular and pedestrian traffic to cross the parade route. Motorists are advised that temporary traffic stops will be implemented during the event for the safety of participants.
Prior to the parade, the Shamrock 5K Run will be held at the intersection of Charles and Mulberry Streets beginning at 1:15 p.m. Participants will proceed south on Charles Street, east on Conway Street, south on Light Street and east on Key Highway. Runners will turn around at Jackson Street and proceed west on Key Highway, north on Light Street and then east on Pratt Street. The race will end at Pratt Street and Market Place.
Throughout the race, a designated travel lane will be highlighted for participants along the course route. In addition, Key Highway will be closed to through traffic at Lawrence Street for the duration of the 5K Run (access for local traffic will be maintained).
The following streets will be closed during the parade:
11:00 a.m. - Market Place from Pratt to Water Streets
11:00 a.m. - Charles Street from Centre Street to Madison Avenue
11:00 a.m. - Mt. Vernon Place from Cathedral to St. Paul Streets
11:00 a.m. - Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul Streets
12:00 p.m. - Charles Street from Saratoga to Centre Streets
1:00 p.m. - Charles Street from Conway to W. Franklin Streets
1:45 p.m. - Pratt Street from Howard to President Streets
The following parking restrictions will be in effect along the parade and race routes from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.:
Mt. Vernon Place from Cathedral to St. Paul Streets
Centre Street from Cathedral to St. Paul Streets
Charles Street from Conway to Read Streets
Market Place from Pratt to Water Streets
Pratt Street from Gay to President Streets (north side)
Key Highway from Battery Avenue to Covington Street (south side)
Transportation Enforcement Officers will assist the Baltimore City Police with the movement of traffic in the downtown area. Motorists traveling in this vicinity may experience delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.