Crown Point gears up for St. Pat’s Day parade
By CArrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent February 14, 2013 9:08PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:18PM
CROWN POINT — Visitors to the city’s annual nighttime St. Patrick’s Day parade March 17 will get a little online help finding legal parking.
On Thursday the Board of Public Works and Safety approved parking restrictions around the square and near the fire department that are necessary to stage the event and allow emergency responders access in the event of a call.
“We encourage everybody who attends the event to find legal parking around the city. Please make plans to find alternate ways to get here,” said Keith Stevens, chief of staff. Out-of-area visitors may want to consider car-pooling and local residents may want to walk if possible due to the growing crowd that attends the event.
Officials also moved to have a map of the city with legal parking options highlighted posted on the city’s website, www.crownpoint.in.gov.
Diana Bosse, director of special events, said parking will be prohibited all day March 17 on both sides of the street around the square. No parking will be allowed on South Main Street along the parade route from 5 to 9 p.m. and on the south side of Clark Street between East and Indiana streets.
Parking also will be prohibited on both sides of East Street between North and Clark streets. This section of East Street will be used for police and ambulance parking.
“As the event is growing this should work out pretty well,” Fire Chief Greg DeLor said.
Mayor David Uran said the parking restrictions on the square should not greatly affect businesses there this year since the parade falls on a Sunday and many of the businesses are not open.
While the restrictions are an inconvenience to shop owners, the influx of visitors means added exposure.
“We’re not going to apologize for putting 20,000 people downtown. Our mission is to put people in front of these stores,” Uran said. How business owners take advantage of that additional exposure is up to them, he said.