10 tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in West Park

1.) Early in the morning, VOTE! March 17 is also Ohio’s Presidential Primary. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. First the ballot, then the booze.
2.) Worship with fellow Irishmen at a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 4427 Rocky River Dr. at Puritas Ave. March 17 is the 172nd anniversary of the church. After Mass, attend a reception with food and fellowship in the Lower Church.
3.) At 11:30 a.m., Lolly the Trolley leaves the St. Patrick Church parking lot, to be part of the Downtown parade. You can walk in the parade or stay in the trolley. To reserve your seat and pay $15, stop at the Rectory office during regular business hours. The parade starts at 1:05 p.m. on Superior Ave., from East 18th Street to Public Square.
4.) For more flexibility, join the thousands of people who ride RTA to the parade. March 17 is usually RTA’s heaviest ridership day of the year.
5.) Leave early, and give yourself lots of time. RTA operates extra rail service all day, but you may have to wait a bit.
6.) Be sure to park legally at an RTA station at Brookpark, Puritas-W. 150, West Park and Triskett. Transit Police may ticket and tow cars that block the smooth flow of traffic.
7.) Problems finding a parking place? For updated information, listen to radio traffic reports, or follow RTA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit rideRTA.com.
8.) Dispose of open beverages before riding RTA. Transit Police will enforce regulations.
9.) Leave your bike at home. With most trains filled to capacity, RTA will not allow customers to board with their bikes.
10.) After the parade, the celebration continues at many West Park night spots, especially those at Kamm’s Corners. Be sure to park legally.

These tips should help keep your Irish eyes smiling all day.

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