Here's What You Need to Know About the Giants Parade
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So here's what you need to know for Wednesday's family event (note: There will be lots of kids there).
The ticker-tape parade kicks off at 11 a.m., at Market and Steuart streets near the Ferry Building. From there, it will be "a straight shot up Market," ending at the Civic Center, right across from City Hall, said SFPD Chief Greg Suhr. This route -- which is different from the 2010 parade path -- will offer you (and police) better views of the scene.
And you might want to get there really early.
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Like in 2010, police are expecting hundreds of thousands to attend the parade, some of whom will probably camp out the night before to get a good spot along Market Street. UC Hastings has decided to close down for the day, and public transit agencies are scrambling to make every car and train available to haul Giants fans as needed.
"BART will run its rush hour service all day, utilizing every available train possible. Trains to and from the city will be at maximum length and frequency. Large crowds are expected and passengers should anticipate long lines and crowded trains," the agency said in a statement.
The Golden Gate Ferry is adding more service from Larkspur and Sausalito. Ferry trips will board on a first come, first served basis.
So load up your Clipper cards now.
If you're a Dodgers fan living in the Bay Area and you weren't planning to attend the parade, but were hoping to get some errands done that day, well, good luck. The following streets will be closed starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday:
- Market Street between First and 10th streets
- Mission Street between The Embarcadero and Ninth Street
- Steuart Street between Howard and Market streets
- Spear Street between Howard and Market streets
- Main Street between Howard and Market streets
No traffic will be allowed on Market Street between Steuart Street and Van Ness Avenue until 5 p.m. Also, the Civic Center parking garage will be closed to general parking beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday until the end of the celebration, which is expected to last about two hours. Monthly Civic Center parking pass holders can enter the garage until 9 a.m., but they won't be allowed out until after the surrounding streets have re-opened.
All Muni Metro trains will stop at the Civic Center station as well as at Embarcadero, Montgomery, and Powell stations to drop people off at the parade. The SFMTA will schedule six additional Metro shuttles to supplement the existing service. Even then, you'll have to squeeze together tight.
More importantly, have fun -- but not the kind of fun that starts fires.