Expect Road Closures, Heavy Police Presence During St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s the type of block party Richmonders like so they can usher-in spring. Richmond police officers will also be in the crowds at Shamrock the Block on the Boulevard and Shockoe Fest, working to make sure everyone is safe.

There’s Shockoe Fest in The Bottom, with about 7,500 people and Shamrock The Boulevard on the Boulevard is anticipating even more participants. With all the drinking and celebrations, police are asking residents for a favor.

“Let’s watch each other, watch each other’s backs, choose your designated driver, make sure you don’t have one drink too many,”says Gene Lepley, a spokesperson with the Richmond Police Department.

Businesses are looking forward to this weekend as well. More foot traffic means more money coming into their businesses.

“After the long cold winter, the businesses have been kind of hibernating and they are all excited about filling up the places,” says David Napier, a Shockoe Fest Organizer.

One more important piece of information you need to know before you head out to the festivals; be aware that some roads will be closed.

“It’s a full day in which you can’t get through those areas where the celebrating is going on, and you certainly can’t be parked there, we will have to tow if you are not gone by the time the event begins,” says Lepley.

Boulevard Event (Shamrock the Block)

· N. Boulevard between W. Moore and W. Broad streets
· W. Leigh St. between N. Boulevard and Altamont St.
· W. Clay St. between N. Boulevard and Altamont St.
· W. Marshall St. between N. Sheppard St. and N. Boulevard
· Myers St. between W. Broad St. and Leigh St.

Street closures and parking restrictions run from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Shockoe Bottom Event (Shockoe Fest)

· N. 17th St. between E. Main and E. Grace streets
· N. 18th St. between E. Main and E. Grace streets
· E. Franklin St. between Ambler and N. 18th streets
· Ambler St. between E. Franklin and E. Grace streets
· Grace St. between 18th and Ambler St.

The closed streets are marked in green in the maps below:

Shockoe Bottom Festival street closures Shamrock the Block Boulevard closures

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