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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Lights, Carolers, Football – Action!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
12/3/2009  9:15:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114


Lights, Carolers, Football – Action!  

SEATTLE – Tonight the 5 th Avenue Theater marquee will light up anew and tomorrow night carolers competing in the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition will sing their hearts out in the Westlake Mall area.  Saturday the University of Washington Huskies take on the California Bears, and on Sunday the Seattle Seahawks face the San Francisco 49rs.  The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists heading for the events to try alternate modes of travel such as taking the bus, Sounder, Link Rail, bicycling, carpooling or walking, if feasible. 

Thursday, December 3

5th Avenue Theater New Marquee Lighting : 7:15 p.m.
Fifth Avenue will be closed between Union and University streets from 6 - 9 p.m.
450 expected to attend
Expect traffic congestion in the surrounding downtown area.

Friday, December 4

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition XXIII:   5:45 – 9 p.m.
Westlake Center Plaza and surrounding sidewalks; final sing-off on stage in Westlake Park
10,000 expected to attend
Streets closed 5:45 - 9 p.m.; Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues, and Fifth Avenue from Olive Way to Pike Street; expect heavy traffic and pedestrian congestion in the area.

Husky Band Friday Night Rally and Procession : 8:55 – 10 p.m.
600 participants
Husky band and supporters will follow a procession through Greek Row to rally support for Saturday’s game; Seattle Police will escort.

Saturday, December 5

Our Lady of the America Religious Procession: 11 a.m.
Procession is from Saint Mary Church to Saint James Cathedral
860 participants
Expect a rolling slow down as procession moves along starting at 20 th Avenue S and S Weller Street; heading north on 20 th to E Fir Street; then west on Fir to 12 th Avenue; north on 12 th to Cherry Street; west on Cherry to James Street; west on James to Ninth Avenue; and north on Ninth to Columbia Street; SPD will escort.

University of Washington Huskies Versus University of  California Bears 3:30 – 7 p.m.
University of Washington Husky Stadium
65,000 expected
Before and after the game, plan on heavy traffic on all major arterials surrounding Husky Stadium, on SR520 at Montlake, and on I-5 through the University District.

Sunday, December 6

Seattle Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers    1:15 – 4 p.m.
Qwest Field
65,000 expected
Before and after the game, expect congestion surrounding the stadium, on I-5, and on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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