Archive for the Parades Category

Road Closures for Weekend Events

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Festivals, Marathons & Races, Parades with tags , , , , on June 12, 2009 by Kent

2009 Pride Parade RouteIt looks like a busy weekend for events. Whether you are out and about on Saturday or Sunday, from Georgetown, to Dupont Circle, to Pennsylvania Avenue, all signs point to people, people, people … and associated road closures.

I am happy that the Pride parade is going through the neighborhood this year. Now, we just need to get the event itself off of Pennsylvania Avenue and back to its roots. To find out more about the weekend’s events, go to the Capital Pride Web site.

For those interested in the scheduled road closures, the DDOT announcement is as follows:

Three Events Scheduled That Could Impact Traffic

(Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about road closures for three events scheduled this weekend in the District: the Lawyers Have a Heart Race, Capital Pride Parade and the Capital Pride Festival. Continue reading

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This Date in History

Posted in April, Parades on April 18, 2009 by Kent

April 18, 1881: Barnum’s circus arrived. At 9 o’clock in the morning the street pageant started from the show grounds at 9th and S streets, and proceeded down 9th to K, up K to 22nd street, then to Pennsylvania avenue, to 3rd, to F, to 4th, to G, to 7th, to S to the circus lot.barnums-mammoth-tent

This Weekend: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted in Holidays, Parades on March 13, 2009 by Kent

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is this Sunday starting at noon. The parade route is below.  For more information on the parade or a larger map, you can go to the Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Website.st-patricks-day-parade-route-2009

Additionally, DDOT has issued an advisory for street closures associated with the parade and accompanying 8K St. Patrick’s day Race. The advisory in its entirety is after the jump. Continue reading

Chinese New Year Has Hitch

Posted in Chinatown, Parades on February 2, 2009 by Kent

Chinese Parade1The celebration of the Chinese New Year was as expected yesterday with one notable exception. The giant firecracker that was scheduled to go off at 3:45 pm was delayed, and then canceled.

As expected, the celebration included dragons, queens, kung fu, and music. A fairly good crowd showed up to partake and enjoy what turned out to be a beautiful day.

Lunar yearsOne of my personal favorites was the costumed revelers representing the entire pantheon to the years cycle. These furry friends also seemed to be a hit with smaller children.

Giant firecrackerAs 3:45 approached, the crowd gathered around the giant firecracker. Anticipation grew. Drums and music built up to a crescendo that we assumed would climax with the lighting of the firecracker. But 3:45 passed … to 3:55, and then 4:00. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the lighting of the firecracker had been canceled. It was then that we discovered a strong odor of gas had been reported, and a gas leak could not be confirmed or dismissed. The non-lighting was a disappointment.

Weekend Pick — Chinese New Year Parade

Posted in Chinatown, Parades on January 30, 2009 by Kent

Each year a parade is held in Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The parade is Sunday, February 1, on H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets and will run from 2-5 p.m.dragon

2009 Inaugural Parade

Posted in Inaugurations, Parades on January 19, 2009 by Kent

The 2009 inaugural parade route is shown on the map below. The parade will begin at the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building and proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The parade will follow the conclusion of the swearing in ceremony, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

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