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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What To Expect When You're Expecting a Seahawks Super Bowl Championship Parade

Posted by on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM

According to a City of Seattle press release, expect cold, traffic, and a fuck-load of people:

The parade, with an expected turnout of 200,00 to 500,000 spectators, will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with a rally at CenturyLink Field at 1:30 p.m. Travelers should expect roadway and transit delays throughout the day due to crowds and road closures, with spectators likely arriving well in advance of the event. Given the celebration’s unprecedented size, drivers and transit riders should anticipate heavy traffic congestion in downtown, Lake Union, Queen Anne, the stadium area and nearby highways. Metro and Sound Transit plan to use every available resource to accommodate what will likely be the largest parade in the city’s history.

The parade begins at Fourth Avenue and Denny Way, and heads south on Fourth Avenue to S Washington Street. From there it will proceed west to Second Avenue S, turn south on Second and then move into the North Lot at CenturyLink Field. Fourth Avenue and all cross streets from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic starting at 10:30 a.m. and reopen after the parade passes, and Occidental Avenue will be closed at 8:30 a.m. “No parking” signs for the event are in place and prohibit parking along the route from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. More than 75,000 fans are expected to attend a ticketed rally in the stadium area after the parade, so sizable crowds and area delays will continue well after the parade concludes. Fans are encouraged to dress warmly and be prepared for delays.

Buses and trains are expected to be extremely crowded. Riders may encounter significant wait times and service delays. Some buses will be rerouted in Downtown Seattle. Riders should sign up to receive rider alert messages via e-mails or text message for their specific bus route or train.

Traffic this morning is heavier than normal, and fans are already lining up along the parade route, so if you're planning on joining the celebration, stop reading this post and head out the door. The latest update from the City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center is available here. But the gist of it is, dress warm and expect delays!


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Kinison 1
Its going to be bigger than the Seafair parade. My sister, wife, 2 year old daughter and our friends teenage daughters are all going while im stuck at work watching the video stream.
Posted by Kinison on February 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM · Report this
The 29 bus is already packed
Posted by Ebenezer on February 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM · Report this
seatackled 3
Couple of people were already drunk and rowdy at 6:30 this morning around 5th and Jackson.

Expect rowdiness and damage by 3:00 pm.
Posted by seatackled on February 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
I work on fourth. I will not be leaving the building for lunch today.
Posted by MacCrocodile on February 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 5
I tried to get downtown for an hour today. The light rail was packed by the time it got to Beacon Hill, with dozens waiting on the platform to get on, the overflow from the train was filling the 36, and Metro decided today, of all days, to re-route the 60 to mystery stops.

I went down to Rainier Ave, and it was the same story with the seven. So it looks like I am working from home today. If it weren't so damn cold, I would just walk in.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on February 5, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
I walked to work, traffic was already crazy, and 4th Ave was already full all the way back to the buildings with people. Tons of SUVs with Seahawks flags driving around, filled with people wearing Seahawks gear. I can hear the cheering from my office.
Posted by genevieve on February 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 7
Just think, at the rate the Seahawks are going, in only 190 years you guys are going to have as many trophies as the Skins!

And the Philadelphia Eagles will only have to wait another infinity years at the rate they are going, in order to tie Seattle!

I kid, I kid.

Well, not about Philly. Fuck Philadelphia.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM · Report this
It is pretty amazing to see so many proud and excited people clogging the streets of our city today. I don't understand why this couldn't happen on Saturday. Nobody was prepared in the downtown corridor. A small price for the hometown pride, but also a huge missed opportunity.
Posted by totallycarey on February 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this

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