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This Weekend: Marches, Marathons and More

               To Avoid Delays, Motorists Should Plan Ahead

Starting tonight, it will be a busy next few days for sports enthusiasts – with Sounders’ soccer matches, Mariners’ baseball games, and the huge Rock ‘n Roll Marathon on Saturday.  The marathon, with on-course entertainment including live bands, will have major impacts on traffic as 25,000 participants make their way from Tukwila up to north Seattle. Also on Saturday, 60,000 people are expected to turn out for the annual Greenwood Car Show.  There are several marches and parades scheduled for the weekend, including the Seattle Pride Parade and March on Sunday when an anticipated 250,000 people will line Fourth Avenue through downtown to view the show.

For more details about these and many other weekend events, please see the schedule below.  To help reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions, the Seattle Department of Transportation encourages event-goers to consider leave the car behind and try one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.

Thursday, June 23
Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls  7 – 8:30 p.m.
Qwest Field
36,000
Plan on heavy traffic on streets surrounding stadium before and after the match.

Friday, June 24
Wildrose Pride 2011: 6 p.m.  – 2 a.m.
11th Avenue between E Pike and E Union Street; E Pike Street between 10th and 11th avenues;
2,000 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m.  Friday, June 24, to 6 a.m. on Monday, June 27.

Mariners vs Florida Marlins
: 7:10 – 10:30 p.m.
Safeco Field
15,000 expected
Plan on heavy traffic around the stadium before and after the game.
Note: Participants in Saturday’s  Rock ‘n Roll Marathon will be picking up race materials at the Qwest Exhibition Center, so the pre-game traffic could be quite congested. 

Saturday, June 25
Rock ‘N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon:  7 a.m.
Routes of the 26 and 13 mile races start at Tukwila, and roughly, head north on Interurban Avenue, up along Lake Washington, turns west onto I-90 into downtown Seattle, then  north and south on the Alaskan Way Viaduct to Qwest Field.
25,000 participants
Occidental between King and Royal Brougham will be closed beginning 11 p.m. on Friday and reopened by 5 p.m.  Marathon course will close at 6 a.m.; I-90 portion will close at 4:30 a.m. . All streets, with the exception of SR-99 and streets around Qwest, will reopen by 12:00 noon.  Also both directions of SR 99 from Diagonal Avenue S to N 39th streets will be closed at 5:45 a.m. (Local access will be maintained along Aurora).  The southbound lanes should re-open by 1:15 p.m. The northbound lanes of the SR 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will re-open by 4 p.m. 
Please see web site for full road closure info: http://seattle.competitor.com/

Greenwood Car Show:   8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
60,000 expected
Streets closed 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.:  Greenwood Avenue N between N 90th St and N 65th streets. Cross streets will be closed, except N 85th Street and N 80th Street will remain open. 

Capitol Hill Pride Festival:
  11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Broadway E between E John and E Roy streets
15,000 expected
Street closed hours:  8 a.m. – 12 Midnight 

PURR Block Party:
 12 Noon – 2 a.m.
11th Avenue between E Pine and E Pike Streets
1,000 attending
Street closed 8 a.m. on Saturday to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Wildrose Pride 2011:
1 p.m. – 2 a.m.
11th Avenue between E Pike and E Union streets; E Pike Street between 10th and 11th avenues;
2,000 expected
Streets closed from 6 a.m. Friday, June 24th  –  6 a.m. Monday, June 27th

Eucharistic Adoration:
 5:55 p.m.
Vietnamese Catholic Church, 1230 E Fir Street
 1,500 participating
Procession route: starts at front of church; goes west on Fir to 12th Avenue S; north on 12th to E Spruce Street; east on Spruce to 14th Avenue S; south on 14th to E Fir Street.  Seattle Police will escort.

Seattle Dyke March:  7 p.m.
Capitol Hill streets
1,000 participating
March route: start at Broadway and E Pine Street; east on Pine to 12th Avenue; north on 12th to E Mercer Street; west on Mercer to Broadway; south on Broadway to E Pine.   Seattle Police will escort. 

Mariners vs Florida Marlins
:  7:10  – 10:30 p.m.
Safeco Field
15,000 attending
Expect congestion around the stadium before and after the game.


Sunday, June 26
Seattle Pride Parade and March:  11 a.m.
Downtown Seattle
250,000
Parade stages on Fourth Avenue between Cherry Street and Union Street at 6:30 a.m.
Parade route: starts at Fourth Avenue and Union Street; heads north on Fourth to Denny Way; west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second into the Seattle Center.  Expect heavy congestion along the parade route on Fourth Avenue through downtown Seattle and in the area of the Seattle Center. 

The Cuff Pride Day Celebration:
 12 Noon to 10 p.m.
13th Avenue between E Pine and E Pike streets
5,000 expected
 Street closed 6 a.m. – 12 Midnight   

Wildrose Pride 2011:
1 p.m. – 12 Midnight
Capitol Hill streets
2,000 expected
 Streets closed from 6 a.m. Friday, June 24th – 6 a.m. Monday, June 27th : 11th Avenue between E Pike and E Union streets; E Pike Street between 10th and 11th avenues.

Seattle Sounders vs. New England Revolution:  1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Qwest Field
36,000 attending
Expect congestion around the stadium before and after the match.

North American Martyrs Corpus Christi Procession:
 1:45 p.m.
Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church – 5816 15th Avenue NW
400 participants
Parade route: starts at front of church, goes north on 15th Avenue NW to NW 59th Street; east on 59th to 14th Avenue NW;  south 14th to NW 58th Street;  west on 58th to 15th Avenue NW.   Seattle Police will escort.

Mariners vs Florida Marlins
:  7:10 – 10:30 p.m.
Safeco Field
15,000 expected
Plan on congestion around the stadium before and after the game.

Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114