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Inaugural Parade: How to Walk There

Monday's parade steps off at about 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan 21, 2013  |  Updated 6:04 AM EDT
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Monday's swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House will draw more than a half-million people to Pennsylvania Avenue, organizers expect.

But you can't just walk down the block to check it out. Access to that part of the district will be strictly limited, and anyone heading to the events must go through specific entry points - with security screening.

The following entry points will open at 6:30 a.m. Monday and remain open until the route can no longer accommodate additional people:

  • 2nd Street NW and C Street NW
  • John Marshall Park at C Street NW
  • Indiana Avenue NW between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW
  • 7th Street NW and D Street NW
  • 10th Street NW and E Street NW
  • 12th Street NW and E Street NW
  • 13th Street NW and E Street NW
  • 14th Street NW and E Street NW
  • 12th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • 7th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW

If you are walking to the parade (and believe us, that's going to be the fastest way to get there), organizers suggest these routes:

  • H Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 13th Street NW
  • I Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 13th Street NW
  • Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW from 23rd Street NW to 7th Street NW
  • East Capitol Street NE from 19th Street NE to Massachusetts Avenue NE to D Street NE/NW
  • D Street NE from Massachusetts Avenue NE to 7th Street NW
  • I Street SE from New Jersey Avenue SE to 7th Street SW to Constitution Avenue NW

To get close enough to walk, the best way is to use Metro. Check out our Metro information here, or use Metro's Inauguration trip planner.

But remember that Metro will be packed. Ridership through the weekend was high. By 3 p.m. Sunday the Metro system had already seen twice the number of passengers it usually has on a Sunday.

Want a taxi? You won't be able to just hail one. No street hailing of taxis will be allowed along the pedestrian route.

For those coming to the inauguration from the RFK Stadium Bus lots, the D.C. Taxicab Commission is authorizing shared rides from a designated staging area at 17th Street Southeast and Independence Avenue beginning at 5 a.m. Passengers will be let off at 6th and E Street Southwest.

Return trips to the RFK Stadium Bus Parking will begin at 1 p.m. from 6th and I Streets Southwest. The shared ride flat rate of $28.00 will be in effect each way until 6 p.m.

Shared rides will also be allowed Monday and Tuesday from the Washington Convention Center, as well as from the National Building Museum Sunday night; however, these rides will not have the shared ride flat rate in effect. Taxis will be available from the National Building Museum Sunday beginning at 9 p.m. at H Street Northwest between 4th and 5th Streets. 

On Monday, taxis will be available at 9 p.m. on the west side of 6th Street at New York Avenue and the east side of 10th Street at New York Avenue. On Tuesday, taxis will be available at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Mt. Vernon Place between 7th and 9th Streets.

For street hails, the additional passenger fare of $1 per additional passenger is in effect. This does not apply to shared rides from RFK Stadium, the Washington Convention Center, or the National Building Museum.

 

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