Outdoor events on this Mother’s Day weekend are likely to attract plenty of participants due to a forecast of unusually warm weather. There will be a march and a run downtown, a children’s parade in the Madrona neighborhood, and a Sounders game, in addition to many people taking their mothers out to restaurants or other fun activities. The fair weather is also a perfect opportunity to observe National Bike Month by traveling to weekend activities by bike, or by getting around by another alternative mode to reduce your carbon footprint, such as walking, public transit, or Link light rail.
Events likely to affect traffic this weekend include:
Saturday, May 12:
Madrona Mayfair Parade: a children’s parade, as part of the annual Mayfair Festival in the Madrona neighborhood, will start at 9 a.m. with an estimated 600 participants. The parade will travel from Al Larkin Park (East Pike Street), and move south on 34th Avenue to Madrona Park (East Spring Street). Seattle Police Officers will escort the parade. http://madronaseattle.com/2012/05/09/sunny-weekend-for-madrona-mayfair/
Cannabis Freedom March: An estimated 500 participants will march at 1 p.m. from a rally at Volunteer Park to another rally at Westlake Park. Starting at 12th Avenue and East Prospect Street, the march will proceed west on Prospect to 11th Avenue East, then south on 11th to East Aloha Street, west on Aloha to 10th Avenue East, south on 10th to Broadway East, south on Broadway to East Olive Way, west on Olive to Melrose Avenue, south on Melrose to Pine Street, and west on Pine into Westlake Park. Seattle Police Officers will escort the march. http://maryjanesgirl.com/Cannabis_Freedom_March.php
The Sounders: The Sounders will play against Real Salt Lake City starting at 7 p.m. at Century Link Field with an estimated attendance of 34,000. http://www.centurylinkfield.com/
Sunday, May 13:
The Color Run: An estimated 7,500 participants will enjoy a “color crazy day” at the three-mile Color Run which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Seattle Center grounds. Exiting the Seattle Center grounds at Second Avenue and Mercer Street, the route continues east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue North, south on Fifth to Cedar Street, west on Cedar to Second Avenue, south on Second to Spring Street. The route makes a u-turn at Spring to head north on Second Avenue and return to Seattle Center. Drivers should expect congestion along the route. http://thecolorrun.com/seattle/