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GUIDE: Washington Capitals Stanley Cup championship parade/rally

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After nearly 30 years, D.C. will finally be hosting a victory parade for one of its four major sports teams.

The city has seemingly been in a state of euphoria since the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to capture their first Stanley Cup Thursday.

The long-awaited parade will start Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, NW and will progress from Constitution Avenue to 7th Street to the National Mall.

The parade is expected to draw massive crowds and, if the team's rowdy weekend in D.C. is any indication, will be a truly wild atmosphere. The White House encouraged federal agencies to grant its employees administrative leave during the parade and there will even be an F-16 flyover at 11:15 a.m.

The rally will be held at the parade end point, at 7th Street and the National Mall.

Per DC Homeland Security, text ALLCAPS to 888-777 to receive free text alerts on safety, transit and weather updates.

If you're watching from home or the office, tune into ABC7 to see parade coverage throughout the event.

WEATHER

The outlook for the festivities is good, according to the ABC7 weather team. The day's highs will only be in the upper 70s, and the humidity won't be very high, either. A mix of sun and clouds, but no rain expected.

METRO

Metro will continue to operate at rush-hour frequencies during the midday hours to accommodate the mass of people coming for the parade.

With the various traffic restrictions in place, Mayor Muriel Bowser recommends people try and use the Metro or a ride sharing service.

The closest Metro stations to the parade route and the rally are:

BLUE/ORANGE/SILVER line - Smithsonian, Federal Triangle

GREEN/YELLOW line - Archives

The festivities are also walkable from stations that are a little further out and will likely be less crowded.

To the south, Federal Center SW and Capitol South, both on Blue/Orange/Silver. To the north, Metro Center, Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square.

ROAD CLOSURES

Below are the streets that will be closed Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Inbound 14th Street Bridge Main Line - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395

-Inbound 14th Street Bridge HOV - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395

-Northbound 12th Street Tunnel - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395

-Eastbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge - all traffic will be directed toward E Street Expressway/Potomac River Freeway

-Southbound 9th Street Tunnel

-Constitution Avenue, NW from 6th Street to 23rd Street, NW

-9th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to I-395

-10th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-12th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW

-15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW

-17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW

-18th Street from New York Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-19th Street from Virginia Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-20th Street form C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-21st Street from C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-22nd Street from C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-23rd Street from Virginia Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

-Virginia Avenue, NW from 18th Street to 19th Street, NW

-Madison Drive from 4th to 15th Streets, NW

-Jefferson Drive from 14th to 4th Streets, SW

-Henry Bacon Drive, SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue, NW

-Parkway Drive, SW from Independence Avenue, to Lincoln Memorial Circle

PARTICIPANTS

  • Four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the D.C. Air National Guard will fly over the parade with a path up the Potomac River, culminating near Independence and 23rd Street NW
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser
  • Members of the Washington, DC City Council
  • Eastern High School Blue and White Marching Machine Marching Band
  • Ballou High School Majestic Knights Marching Band
  • Longtime season ticket members who have had season tickets since the Capitals’ inaugural season in 1974
  • DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment owners and staff
  • Capitals alumni
  • Capital One Arena Ice Crew and Olympia ice resurfacers
  • Metropolitan Police Department
  • Arlington County Police Department
  • Washington Capitals Red Rockers
  • Slapshot
  • The broadcast voices of the Washington Capitals: Joe Beninati, John Walton, Alan May, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken, Tarik El-Bashir
  • 106.7 The Fan, official radio partner of the Washington Capitals
  • Elliot in the Morning’s Elliot Segal
  • Participation from Washington Capitals’ partners Budweiser, Capital One, Etihad Airways, Ford, Geico, Giant, Mars, Pepsi, Red River and the Washington Post
  • Capitals SuperFan Fatima Al Ali of the United Arab Emirates and Etihad’s Cabin Crew
  • Capitals game entertainment components
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