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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations this Weekend

3/12/2009  3:30:00 PM
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548

Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations this Weekend

SEATTLE - In celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, this weekend crowds in the thousands are expected to turn out for parades and festivities in and nearby downtown Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation advises motorists to be prepared for possible traffic delays associated with the events and to plan their travel accordingly.

Friday, March 13: Laying of the Green Stripe - 7 p.m.
Participants will lay a green stripe down the center of Fourth Avenue from Jefferson to Pine streets. Seattle Police will escort the celebrants.

Saturday, March 14: Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade - 12:30 p.m.
Crowd estimate: 1,500
Staging area: Dilling Way between Fourth Avenue and Yesler Way, and Fourth Avenue between S Washington and James streets.
Parade route: Fourth Avenue from James Street to Pine Street. Seattle Police will escort the parade.

Sunday, March 15: Saint Patrick's Day Dash - 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Participants expected: 14,500
Staging area closed from 5:30 -11:00 a.m.: Mercer Street between First Avenue N and Third Avenue N.
Dash route: Starting on Mercer Street at Third Avenue N; heads east on Mercer to Eighth Avenue N; south on Eighth to Republican Street; west on Republican to Aurora Avenue N; north on Aurora to the Aurora bridge (participants will use the northbound lanes); u-turn on Aurora Bridge; south on Aurora (using southbound lanes) to Harrison Street; west on Harrison to Fifth Avenue N. Dash route closed from 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Mercer from Third Avenue N to Eighth Avenue N, Eighth Avenue N southbound from Mercer to Republican; westbound Republican to Aurora Avenue N; the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Aurora Avenue N northbound and will be closed between the Western Avenue off-ramp from the viaduct to N 39th Street. All northbound viaduct traffic will be detoured off at Western Avenue. Traffic southbound on Aurora Ave N will be detoured off of Aurora at N 39th Street; and southbound Aurora will be closed from N 39th Street to the Broad Street off-ramp.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels' goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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