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Everything to Know About the Nationals' Victory Parade on Saturday

The championship parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    #FightFinished! The entire District is set to celebrate the Washington Nationals' historic World Series historic win with a victory parade and rally on this bright and chilly Saturday.

    The championship parade will kick off at 2 p.m. The route will begin on Constitution Avenue NW at 15th Street NW, move east along Constitution Avenue NW and end on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 3rd Street NW, where a team rally will be held.

    You can expect to see Nationals players, plus some of the biggest personalities from their 14-year history in D.C.

    Community groups, Little League players and D.C. Public School students will be among those invited to march in the parade, Nationals Senior Vice President Gregory McCarthy said.

    Jeff Adams, who gained fame for fielding a home run ball off his torso without dropping the two Bud Lights he was holding, will ride a float with other Nats fans wearing new "Always Save the Beers" championship shirts. He will visit bars along the parade route and hand out a few shirts, which can also be purchased on the Anheuser-Busch online gift shop with proceeds benefitting Folds of Honor in the name of Adams, an Army veteran.

    Photo credit: Anheuser-Busch

    Mayor Muriel Bowser laid out four rules for fans: Arrive early, drink responsibly, don't drive, and cheer loudly.

    She didn't have an estimate for how many people will be there, but said simply, "It'll be big."

    The city spent about $2 million providing services for the last victory parade through D.C. — when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup — and could spend about that much on public safety, clean-up and other costs associated with such a massive event.

    The Nationals are taking charge of the production of the parade, including setting up the stage.

    And be on the lookout for swag and giveaways: NBC4 has spotted Metro workers handing out "Fight Finished" signs. Beads, pompoms and towels are also up for grabs.

    Fans attending the parade are encouraged to take public transportation and text "NATS" to 888-777 to receive text alerts on safety, transit and weather conditions.

    Photos: These Nats Fans' Faces Say It AllPhotos: These Nats Fans' Faces Say It All

    Watch From Mobile or TV

    Can't get to the parade? You can still witness every legendary minute of it.

    NBC4's pre-parade coverage starts at noon. Then, switch the channel to Cozi TV to catch the whole parade from 2:30-4 p.m. You can also watch in the NBC Washington app or on NBCWashington.com.

    Weather

    It's going to be a bit chilly, with temperatures topping out in the 50s. Bring a red scarf or sweatshirt with you. Here's the weekend forecast.

    Download the NBC Washington app for weather alerts.

    Photos: Nats Celebrate World Series WinPhotos: Nats Celebrate World Series Win

    Safety and Prohibited Items

    Expect heightened security around the festivities. Bring your own water to the parade. Remember that on the National Mall, alcohol, weapons and glass containers are always prohibited.

    Carrying open alcohol containers outdoors is not allowed per D.C. law. Newsham says there will be uniformed and plain-clothes officers in the crowd.

    Police Chief Peter Newsham encouraged parents to talk to their children about what to do if they get separated. There will be a lot of D.C. police officers around, and they could help a child get reunited with their parents.

    There are no credible threats against the event, according to Newsham. You can sign up for public safety alerts at alertdc.dc.gov.

    Transit to the Parade

    Metro has partnered with Xfinity to increase service Saturday. Trains are running at rush-hour levels from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    Planned work at the McPherson Square and Federal Triangle stations has been rescheduled. 

    The Federal Triangle, Archives and Judiciary Square stations are closest to the parade route, Metro said. They are likely to be extremely crowded and trains may bypass these stations if needed.

    Metro recommends parade goers consider using Metro Center, Gallery Place or Union Station instead. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the parade route from these stations, Metro says.

    You can see the parade from the south side of the route by exiting at Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza or Federal Center SW and walking north across the National Mall.

    Be prepared for intermittent changes: Metro Transit Police may designate certain areas "entry only" or "exit only" as needed.

    Our tip? Consider purchasing and loading up your SmarTrip card early. It will save you time at the crowded Metro machines.

    D.C. highly recommends taking public transportation methods to the Nationals Championship parade on Saturday.
    Photo credit: DDOT

    Other Modes of Transport

    Public transit is strongly encouraged because plenty of streets will be closed to traffic, and even more will be labeled as no parking zones.

    In addition to Metro, you can take Capital Bikeshare, dockless vehicles or taxis and rideshare. Head to the proper drop off zone to make the most of these transit options:

    • Taxi and rideshare riders can get dropped off and picked up in Independence Avenue between 14th Street SW and 3rd Street SW
    • Capital Bikeshare bikes will be corralled by DDOT at 15th Street NW and E Street NW; Constitution Avenue NW and 2nd Street NW and 7th Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
    • Dockless vehicle corrals will be located at 7th and E Streets NW; 7th Street NW and Independence Avenue and 14th and E Streets NW. E-scooters and dockless bikes can be left at those locations
    • ADA drop off and pick up zones are available at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW and 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

    You can't bring any vehicles into the pedestrian zone near the parade.

    Road Closures and Parking Restrictions

    Avoid driving downtown if you can. If you must, here are road closures and parking restrictions to keep in mind.

    Road Closures

    DDOT says the following roadways will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday to 7 p.m. on Saturday:

    • 15th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & E St. NW
    • Constitution Ave. NW between 3rd St. NW & 6th St. NW
    • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between East crossover & 6th St. NW
    • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 14th St. NW & 15th St. NW
    • 3rd St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Madison Dr. NW

    DDOT says the following roadways will be closed from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:

    • Constitution Ave. NW between 17th St. NW & 6th St. NW
    • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 15th St. NW & 6th St. NW
    • 15th St. NW between New York Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW*
    • 14th St. NW between New York Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW*
    • 13th St. NW between H St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW*
    • 12th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
    • 11th St. NW between E St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    • 10th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
    • 9th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW to include the 9th St. Tunnel
    • 7th St. NW between E St. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • 6th St. NW between Indiana Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
    • 4th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • 3rd St. NW between D St. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • Maryland Ave. SW between 3rd St. SW & Independence Ave. SW
    • Inbound 12th ramp from Virginia to DC
    • 12th St. ramp from Independence Ave. SW (no traffic allowed into 12th St. Tunnel)
    • Inbound 14th St. Bridge (all traffic will go eastbound on I-695/I-395)
    • Inbound 14th St. HOV (all traffic will be sent eastbound on I-695/ I-395)
    • Westbound I-395 exit to 12th St. Tunnel (No access to tunnel)

    Local traffic will be permitted to travel south to E St. NW and northbound traffic will be allowed to travel north from E St. NW

    Parking Restrictions

    Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Constitution Ave. NW and 3rd St. NW will be off-limits for parking from 9:30 a.m Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.

    DDOT says parking will be restricted on the following roadways from 6:30 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday:

    • Constitution Ave. NW between 15th St. NW & 3rd St. NW
    • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th St. NW & 3rd St. NW
    • 15th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & E St. NW
    • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 14th St. NW & 15th St. NW
    • 14th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • 7th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • 6th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
    • 4th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
    • 3rd St. NW between D St. NW & Independence Ave. SW

    More details will be added here as they become available.

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