City of Detroit Offers Advice for Pistons Victory Celebration

    DETROIT, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has announced
 that Detroit will honor the 2004 NBA Champion Pistons with a parade and rally
 on Thursday, June 17.
     The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Chene Street and East Jefferson and
 will then travel west on Jefferson toward Woodward Avenue. The parade will end
 at Jefferson and Washington Boulevard. A rally at Hart Plaza immediately
 follows the parade.
     All Pistons fans and celebrants planning to attend the parade and rally
 should be prepared for weather conditions and dress accordingly. Fans also are
 encouraged to bring plenty of water, as public drinking fountains along the
 route are limited.
     The City of Detroit expects approximately one million fans. Those visiting
 or working in downtown Detroit should be prepared for large crowds. Portable
 toilets are available along the parade route and at Hart Plaza. A viewing area
 for people with disabilities is available at the southwest corner of Chene and
 Jefferson.
 
     STREET CLOSURES
      * Jefferson between Washington Boulevard and Chene will be closed at
        9 a.m., except for eastbound Jefferson between Bates and the Chrysler
        Freeway, which will remain open.
      * Traffic exiting the Detroit Windsor Tunnel may proceed east to the
        Chrysler Freeway.
      * Jefferson Avenue will reopen at the conclusion of the parade.
 
     PARKING
     Parking will be available at all Detroit Municipal Parking Department
 garages and lots downtown. However, City officials warn motorists to look out
 for a popular parking scam that involves con artists posing as attendants;
 they collect money from drivers waiting to park.
     Motorists should pay only those parking attendants who are authorized to
 collect funds. Employees of authorized parking lots and garages wear badges
 that indicate the parking facility is licensed by the City of Detroit.
     Individuals who park in privately-owned lots and garages should not pay
 more than the posted rates. Parking lot operators are reminded that rates may
 not be increased without the approval of the Detroit Consumer Affairs
 Department.  Such approval must be requested 30 days in advance.
     The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking
 facilities:
 
       * Cobo Roof Deck Garage             625 W. Congress
       * Cobo Hall Garage                  475 Washington Blvd.
       * Cobo Arena Garage                 200 Civic Center Drive
       * Millennium Garage                 432 E. Congress
       * Premier Underground               1206-08 Woodward Ave.
       * Grand Circus Park Garage          1600-01 Woodward Ave.
       * First & Bagley Garage             1731 First St.
       * 604 Abbott Lot                    604 Abbott (near Michigan & Third)
       * Ford Underground Garage           30 E. Jefferson
       * Greektown Garage                  660 Macomb
       * Joe Louis Arena Garage            900 W. Jefferson
 
     Downtown parking patrons should look for bright yellow and blue signs,
 which identify MPD facilities. For more information on parking, call the
 Detroit Municipal Parking Department at (313) 967-1600.
 
     DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
     During the Pistons celebration events, the Detroit Department of
 Transportation will alter the following regular service routes and boarding
 locations:
 
      * The westbound Jefferson route will travel along Jefferson, to Mt.
        Elliott, to Larned/Congress, to Woodward, and to the Grand Circus Park
        boarding zone
      * The eastbound route will be the reverse of the westbound route.
 
     The following locations are designated for boarding:
 
       - The Woodward and Hamilton routes will leave the Beaubien and Jefferson
         loading zone via Beaubien to eastbound Congress, instead of via
         eastbound Jefferson.
       - Dexter and Fenkell coaches will lay over and board passengers on
         northbound Woodward, between Congress and Larned.
       - Overflow plan: In the event that coaches are unable to use Larned or
         Woodward, Cadillac Square will serve as a bypass. All eastbound
         coaches from Woodward and Randolph, as well as the Dexter and Hamilton
         routes, will layover and board/exit passengers at Cadillac Square.
         The Mack coach will not serve Cadillac Square.
 
     RESTRICTIONS ON SPECTATOR AREAS
     To ensure public safety, the City of Detroit Police Department has placed
 the following restrictions on the parade route area:
 
      * No stopping, standing, or parking on freeways, freeway entrances,
        and exit ramps.
      * No pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed on any medians in the
        downtown area along the parade route.
      * No one is allowed access around any downtown statues or monuments,
        including the Spirit of Detroit, the Joe Louis Memorial, the Dodge
        Fountain at Hart Plaza, and the Labor Legacy monument.
      * Under no circumstances will fans be allowed to cross parade barriers
        along the parade route or at Hart Plaza, and no pedestrians will be
        allowed in the street during the parade procession.  Police will remove
        any violators.
      * No vendors will be allowed in the central business district without
        prior approval from the City of Detroit Consumer Affairs Department.
 
     Food and beverage vendors will be available on site at Hart Plaza.
 Prohibited at Hart Plaza are:
 
      * Alcoholic beverages
      * Glass containers
      * Roller skates or inline skates
      * Skateboards
      * Open fires
      * Pets
 
     For more information, go to the City's Web site at
 http//www.ci.detroit.mi.us.
 
 

SOURCE City of Detroit

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