City makes plans for a safe St. Paddy's Day
To minimize the negative impact on neighborhoods during the Saint Patrick's Parade Day celebration, city public safety officials are working off of last year's "Master Plan" which includes not only South Side, but also major entertainment zones including Station Square, the Strip, Oakland and Market Square.
Councilman Bruce A. Kraus, in cooperation with Public Safety Director Michael Huss, City of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper and Zone 3 Commander Catherine McNeilly, is working to assure a safe and respectful celebration.
The Market Square celebration will be limited to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so resources will be available to other areas of the city. Chief Harper has assured that some of those additional resources, with an increased police presence, including foot patrol and motorcycle officers, will then be moved to the South Side.
Pittsburgh Police will be enforcing the Open Container Law throughout the city and will be issuing citations with the recently increased fines of $200.
Councilman Kraus and the Pittsburgh Police are encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves and to drink responsibly. Those who are planning on drinking should designate a driver, take public transportation or take advantage of the cab stands which will be situated on 12th Street at Carson; the 1800 block of Carson Street and the 2300 block of Carson Street.
Workings with District Magisterial Judge Gene Riccardi, the councilman has arranged for more than 50 community service workers to be available to clean up the neighborhood, Sunday morning after the celebration.