Pittsburgh police are finalizing preparations for St. Patrick’s Day

By Amanda Klein | March 12, 2019

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department is making preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebrations scheduled for Saturday.

Police officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers and are urging those who consume alcohol to plan ahead and take advantage of the many discounted Lyft, Uber and Z-Trip fares that are being offered.

State Police, County Police, the Mounted Unit, police agencies from local universities and other public safety partners will be out in full force to prevent and stop illegal activities, and will cite or arrest those who violate laws.

“Please remember there will be zero tolerance for disruptive and illegal behavior,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “Liquor Control Enforcement agents will be undercover to assure that bars and restaurants don’t serve alcohol to those under 21,” he added.

To help commemorate the celebration, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police vehicles in Zone 2, which includes Downtown, will display special St Patrick’s Day decals.

According to a newly enacted city ordinance open containers of alcohol will not be permitted in Market Square. Businesses on the square will serve alcohol as usual, but patrons cannot leave the businesses and/or patios with drinks.

Some Downtown streets will be closed starting at 7:30 a.m. along the parade route, which includes Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, the Boulevard of the Allies and Stanwix Street. The parade will form on Liberty Avenue from 11th to 26th streets. Streets will reopen at approximately 1 p.m.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Public Safety Department wishes all a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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