If you’re not into parades, traffic detours, and pub crawling, you may want to steer clear of downtown Spokane tomorrow afternoon. Yes, it’s the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and it starts at noon tomorrow.

If you’re driving, you’ll want to avoid the parade route, which is Washington Street to Spokane Falls Boulevard, east on Spokane Falls, then south on Bernard Street, west on Main Ave., north on Stevens St., down Spokane Falls Blvd. to Post St., across the Post St. Bridge, and back to the Arena.

The route will be closed to traffic starting at 10 a.m. and expected to be reopened around 3 p.m.

If you’re one of the green beer-partakers though, avoid the hassle of closed streets and drunken driving and just take the bus. Area law enforcement agencies will be participating in emphasis patrols this weekend focusing on impaired drivers.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Police Department, Spokane Valley Police Department, Cheney Police Department, EWU Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Liberty Lake Police Department and the City of Airway Heights Police Department will be participating in the extra emphasis patrols.

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