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The Cleveland St Patrick's day parade is recognised as the
largest in the state of Ohio, attracting an audience of an estimated
half a million out onto the city's streets to witness the spectacle.
This is another parade that, unlike many of those across the US,
takes place annually on St Patrick's day itself, the 17th March,
making it a very common day for the city's residents to try
and get some time off work!
In terms of the parade itself, there are around 10,000 active participants, marching in well over 100 different groups or units. You can see a listing of some of the main parade sections below. The Cleveland parade also enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest St Patrick's day events in the country, tracing it's origins way back to 1867. Local traditions that have developed over the years include the nomination of a Grand Marshall to oversee the parade and the recognition of a Mother of the Year.
St Patrick's Day does of course also revolve around generous consumption of alcoholic beverages and Cleveland is blessed with a number of top quality Irish bars to help facilitate this process. Top venues to look out for are The Flat Iron Cafe, The Harp, Flannery's Pub, PJ McIntyre's Irish Pub and Parnell's pub.
The parade starts at the intersection of Superior Avenue and East
18th Street and the route is as follows:
Rockwell Avenue, ending at East 3rd Street.
The 2016 parade lineup for St Pat's in Cleveland to follow.
If you would like to watch the Cleveland St Patrick's Day parade live then it is being broadcast on TV by City of Cleveland Time Warner channel 20. Unfortunately this is only available to those living in the area.
Latest: The 2016 Cleveland St Patrick's Day parade will be streaming live online here, courtey of WKYC:
WKYC live stream
There is however a recorded stream of the parade that will be made available after the event on the City of Cleveland's website, so you can catch up with anything you might have missed:
It can also be fun to check out some of the local webcams on parade day, giving unique views of events in and around the city during the St Patrick's day celebrations:
If you're heading to Cleveland or the surrounding areas for the St Patrick's day parade then as expected the local hotels do get booked up quite early, so booking as far as you can in advance is recommended.
You'll find a full range of accommodation to choose from, search and check availability for local hotels here.
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