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St. Patrick's Day parade expected to snarl downtown L.A. traffic [UPDATED]

March 17, 2009 |  8:18 am

Expect some extreme traffic in downtown Los Angeles today as the city marks St. Patrick's Day with a Main Street parade from El Pueblo Historic Monument to Pershing Square.

Street closures are expected to begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m. All of Main Street will be closed from Arcadia Street to 5th Street, and from 5th Street to Olive, as will all cross streets in that area.

The 10th annual parade will kick off at 11:30 a.m. at Main and Arcadia streets, where participants will head south along Main Street. The parade will then head west on 5th Street into Pershing Square, where a free performance by the Young Dubliners will follow. The park will host festivities and food tents for the public.

Updated, 9:35 a.m.: Los Angeles Catholic priest and skid row activist Father Maurice Chase handed out $15,000 in $1 bills today to the poor and homeless on L.A.'s skid row to mark his 90th birthday and St. Patrick's Day. He began handing out the greenbacks at 8:30 a.m. at the Fred Jordan Mission at 5th and Towne streets.

-- Ruben Vives