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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: A Full Weekend of Parades, Festivals and Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/23/2009  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Norm Mah  (206) 684-8114



A Full Weekend of Parades, Festivals and Races
Motorists should plan for possible traffic delays

SEATTLE - This coming weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 24 -26, is packed with parades, festivals and races. Many of the events will be attracting large crowds. To avoid traffic delays associated with the weekend events, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) encourages event-goers to consider leaving the car at home and trying other modes of travel.

Of particular note, major traffic snarls are anticipated in the SODO area on Saturday. The Sounders take to the field at noon at Qwest Field and the first pitch of the Mariners game is at 1:10 p.m. at nearby Safeco Field. In addition, at 6:30 p.m., the Seafair Torchlight Run sets off outside Qwest Field on Occidental heading north on the closed northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct and eventually returns to finish on Occidental. As the race comes to an end, the ever- popular Seafair Torchlight Parade gets underway at 7:30 p.m. along Fourth Avenue from Broad Street to Qwest Field and is expected to draw up to 350,000 spectators. Motorists bound for the events in the SODO area on Saturday are urged to park and walk or ride the bus, or take the Sounder or Sound Transit’s new Link light rail.

Friday, July 24
Festival of the Fountains: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
550+ attending
Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center
Streets closed: 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, July 25.
Second Avenue N. (Denny Way - Thomas Street) Motorists should expect heavy traffic from I -5 over to, and surrounding, the Seattle Center.

Seattle Mariners versus Cleveland Indians: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
29,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

Capitol Hill Block Party: 3 p.m. - 12 Midnight
6,400 attending
Streets closed: From 1 a.m. Friday to 9.a.m. Sunday, July 26
E Pike Street (Broadway -12th Avenue); Tenth Avenue and 11th Avenue (E Union - E Pine streets).

Saturday, July 25
Ballard Seafood Fest: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
25,000 expected
The event will be held in the Ballard Business district.
Streets closed: 12:01 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 26
NW Market Street (20th Ave NW - 24th Ave NW); 22nd Avenue NW (Ballard Avenue NW - NW 58th Street); Ballard Avenue NW (NW Vernon Place - NW Market Street); Leary Avenue SW (NW Vernon Place - NW Market Street).

Seattle Sounders versus Chicago Fire: 12:00 p.m.
Qwest Field
34,000 expected
Expect extra heavy traffic surrounding the stadium particularly before the match due to Mariners game starting a little over one hour later at Safeco Field.

Seattle Mariners versus Cleveland Indians: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
30,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game due to Sounders match at noon and set up for Torchlight events later in the day.

Capitol Hill Block Party: 12 Noon - 12 Midnight
5,700 expected
Streets closed: From 1 a.m. Friday to 9.a.m. Sunday, July 27
E. Pike St (Broadway -12th Avenue); 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue (E Union - E Pine streets).

Seafair Torchlight Run: 6:30 p.m. - 8 K run; 6:45 p.m.- 5K run and walk
2,800 participants and 350,000 spectators
Closed 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct and streets along the run routes.

8K run route: Starts at Occidental Ave. S adjacent to Qwest Field; heads south on Occidental to S Royal Brougham Way; west on S Royal Brougham Way to First Avenue S; north on First onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct; north on the viaduct through the Battery Street Tunnel to Aurora Avenue N; north on Aurora to the Mercer Street off-ramp; east on the Mercer off-ramp to Dexter Avenue N; south on Dexter to Denny Way; west on Denny to Wall Street; west on Wall to Fourth Avenue; south on Fourth to S Washington Street; west on Washington to Second Ave S; south on Second to Jackson Street, west on Jackson to Occidental Avenue S.

5K run and walk route: Starts at Occidental Avenue S adjacent to Qwest Field; heads south on Occidental to S Royal Brougham Way; west on S Royal Brougham Way to First Avenue S; north on First Avenue S onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct; north on the viaduct to the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel; returns on the same route to Occidental Avenue S.

Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade: 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
300,000 participants and spectators
No on-street parking will be allowed starting at 8 a.m. to accommodate parade staging on streets near the Seattle Center. Streets will be closed at 3 p.m. in the staging area on on the east side of the Seattle Center. No on-street parking will be permitted along the parade route and on some adjacent streets beginning at 4 p.m.; the parade route along Fourth Avenue closes from 5:30 to 12 Midnight. The parade begins at Fourth Avenue N and Broad Street; heads south on Fourth Avenue to S Washington Street; west on Washington to Second Avenue S; south on Second into the north lot of Qwest Field.

Sunday, July 26
Pista Sa Nayon: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Seward Park.
10,000 expected
Various street closures and parking restrictions in the neighborhoods around the park. Expect heavy congestion around the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Ballard Seafood Fest: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
25,000+ attending
The event will be held in the Ballard business district. Streets closed: 12:01 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 26 NW Market St (20th Avenue NW - 24th Avenue NW); 22nd Avenue NW (Ballard Avenue NW - NW 58th Street); Ballard Avenue NW (NW Vernon Place - NW Market Street); Leary Avenue SW (NW Vernon Place - NW Market Street).

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets surrounding Pike Place Market may be congested.

2009 Swedish SummeRun: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
3,700 participants
Starts at Minor and Madison streets and ends at Minor and Marion streets.
Streets closed for 5K and 10K runs: Minor Avenue (Madison - Seneca streets); Seneca Street (Minor - Harvard avenues); Union Street (Harvard to 12th avenues); 12th Avenue (Union to Aloha streets); Aloha Street (12th - Federal avenues); Federal Avenue (Aloha - Miller streets); Miller (Federal - 11th avenues); 11th Avenue (Miller - Demar streets); Demar Street (11th Avenue - Interlaken); Galer Street (Interlaken Drive -15th Avenue); 15th Avenue (Galer - Prospects streets); and Prospect Street (15th - 11th avenues).

Seattle Mariners versus Cleveland Indians: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
27,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler’s Information Map at www.seattle.gov/travelers.

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