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Coming up: March for Babies and Parades of Boats and Bees

This Saturday, May 3, the annual March of Dimes for Babies will get underway at 9 a.m.  with  5,000 participants walking from the Seattle Center through downtown and back.  At noon on Saturday, the annual Opening Day of Boat Season, a parade of boats begins to move through the Montlake Cut, Portage Bay and Union Bay with at least 9,000 people standing by watching the spectacle. On Sunday morning at 11 a.m. a parade of bees – well sort of – it’s the West Seattle Bee Festival and Parade that’s supporting community fun, bees and the environment. Motorists should expect congestion associated with these and several other weekend events. For additional information, please see the following schedule.

Friday, May 2
STIFF Opening Night Film:  6 – 11 p. m.
Opening night movie shown on an outdoor screen.
315 expected
Streets closed from 6 – 11 p.m.:  University Way NE between NE 52nd Street and NE 53rd Street.    For more information please see:  http://trueindependent.org/schedule/

Saturday, May 3
March of Dimes March for Babies:  9 a.m.
Seattle Center – starts and ends
5,000 participants
Walk route: Participants leave Seattle Center at Second  Avenue N and Mercer Street; head east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; south on Fifth to Cedar Street; west on Cedar to Second Avenue; south on Second to Seneca Street; makes a u-turn at Seneca and then heads north on Second back to Seattle Center.
Expect congestion along the route and on surrounding streets.  For more information please see: http://www.marchforbabies.org/eventsite.asp?registration=1&EventID=15293&si=&ReturnWalker=&EditTeam=&change=&SeId=&w=&pg=&prefill=&u=&cid=&g=&r=&p=&walkselection=

ifest (Independent Game Developers):
  10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Armory Stage and Dance Floor, Seattle Center
1,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the Seattle Center.

Opening Day Boat Parade and Windermere Cup:
10:20 a.m. race and 12 Noon parade
Montlake Cut, Portage Bay, and Union Bay
9,000 expected
Montlake Bridge closed: 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
Expect congestion in the vicinity around the University of Washington.  For more information please see:  http://www.seattleyachtclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=286491&ssid=164134&vnf=

Fiesta 5K Ole!:   9:30 a.m.
Volunteer Park – starts and ends
5,500 participants
Run leaves Volunteer Park at 14th Avenue E and E Prospect Street heading east on Prospect to 15th Avenue E; then moves north on 15th to E Howe Street; west on Howe to Federal Avenue E; south on Federal to Prospect Street; east on Prospect to 12th Avenue E; south on 12th to E John Street; makes a u-turn and then goes north on 12th back into Volunteer Park.
Expect congestion in the area.  For more information please see: http://www.fiesta5kole.com/

Mobile Food Rodeo (International District):  5 – 11 p.m.
Food Truck festival with a beer garden
5,000 attending
Streets closed 12 Noon – 12 Midnight:  S King Street between Fifth Avenue S and Maynard Avenue S, and Sixth Avenue S between S Jackson Street and S Weller Street.
Expect congestion in the surrounding area.  For more details, please see:  \http://www.mobilefoodrodeo.com/getting-there/

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union:  7 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
34,000 attending
Expect congestion on streets surrounding the stadium before and after the match..

Tales of Hoffman Seattle Opera Performance:  7:30 – 11 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion primarily on Mercer Street.

Sunday, May 4
West Seattle Bee Festival and Parade: 11 a.m.
West Seattle Elementary School
550 participants
Streets closed from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.:  31st Avenue SW between SW Graham and Bataan Place SW.
Parade route starts at West Seattle Elementary School at 31st SW and SW Holly Street; moves north on 31st to Lanham Place SW; north on Lanham to SW Graham Street; east on Graham into High Point Commons Park.
Seattle Police will escort.  Expect a rolling slowdown as parade moves along.  For more information please see:  http://www.westseattlebeegarden.com/

Mobile Food Rodeo (Fremont): 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fremont
5,000 expected
Streets closed 6 a.m. – 12 Midnight:  N Canal Street between Phinney Avenue N and First Avenue N.
Expect congestion ion surrounding  area.  http://www.mobilefoodrodeo.com/getting-there/

Tales of Hoffman Seattle Opera Performance:  7:30 – 11 p.m.
McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
2,900 attending
Expect congestion primarily on Mercer Street.

Contact:  Peg Nielsen, Communications Office, 206.684.8114