City of Detroit Prepares for the Annual Parade and Detroit Lions Game On Thanksgiving Day
DETROIT, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit is the place to be on Thanksgiving Day, as more than one million people are expected to come to downtown Detroit to enjoy both America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Detroit Lions' first Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 28. Preparations are underway to accommodate the increased traffic flow in and out of the downtown area and ample and convenient parking is available to accommodate both audiences for these great events. The City of Detroit has issued the following advisories regarding travel routes, available parking facilities and shuttle services: PARADE ATTENDEES America's Thanksgiving Parade begins at 10 a.m. on November 28 at the Detroit Main Library on Woodward Avenue. It will continue south along Woodward and conclude at Grand Circus Park. Motorists are advised to leave early and to park near the parade's starting point. STREET CLOSURES The following streets will be closed at posted times on Wednesday, November 27 * Woodward, southbound lanes from Putnam to Baltimore, closed partially at 2 p.m., completely closed at 5 p.m. * Woodward, from Witherall to Baltimore, beginning at 8 p.m. * Amsterdam, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Burroughs, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Antoinette, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Palmer, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Ferry, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Kirby, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m. * Endicott, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * Piquette, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * Harper, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * I-94 Service Drive, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * Kirby, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * Ferry, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m. * Hendrie, closed to Brush, 6 p.m. * Palmer, closed to Brush, 6 p.m. The following streets will be closed at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28: * Woodward from Witherall to Piquette * Park to Grand River * West Adams from Woodward to Cass * West Elizabeth from Woodward to Clifford * Bagley from Park to Cass * Washington Boulevard from Park to Michigan Avenue * West Park from Woodward to Montcalm * West Clifford from Woodward to Adams * West Grand River from Woodward to Cass PARKING There is ample parking to accommodate event attendees. Parking is available at select City of Detroit Municipal Parking structures and privately-operated facilities throughout downtown. Motorists are advised to pay only those parking attendants authorized to collect funds. Employees of authorized parking lots and garages wear identification 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. The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking facilities for parade attendees: Facility Hours Rate Shuttle Service (.50 ) or Detroit People Mover Access Cobo Arena Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $3.50 Parade Shuttle 200 Civic Center Drive DPM Cobo Hall Garage 475 Washington Blvd. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4.50 Parade Shuttle DPM Cobo Roof Deck 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4 Parade Shuttle 625 West Congress DPM Cultural Center Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $2.25 41 Farnsworth Ford Underground Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4.50 30 East Jefferson Joe Louis Arena Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $6 Parade Shuttle 900 West Jefferson DPM Millennium Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $7 432 West Congress Woodward Lots 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $10 Fisher Freeway to Sproat Street Thanksgiving Parade Shuttle Service The Detroit Department of Transportation is providing park and ride shuttle service from the Detroit Zoo, Eastland Mall, Fairlane Town Center, Northland Mall, as well as the Joe Louis Arena Garage and Cobo Parking facilities. Service will begin at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving and continue until 9:30 a.m. Return shuttle service resumes from downtown to the parking sites at the close of the parade, and will continue until one hour after the completion of the parade. Fare is $.50 each way from the Joe Louis Arena and Cobo Parking facilities, and is $1 each way from all other locations. Parking at the Detroit Zoo is $4. Passengers will be dropped off within 2 blocks of the parade route east and west of Woodward. Joe Louis Arena and Cobo busses drop off near Grand Circus Park, west of Woodward. Detroit Zoo & Eastland buses drop off on Winder at John R and Brush. Northland and Fairlane buses will drop off on Adams at Cass and Clifford. Passengers may board the bus at the same location for the return trip up to 1 hour after the parade ends. Passengers wanting to attend both the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Lions' game can board a special shuttle at any of the four locations and attend the game. Service is available until one hour after the game ends. Passengers can board the bus on Madison and Brush for the return trip. DDOT Transit Ambassadors will assist passengers on their return trip. DETROIT LIONS FANS/FORD FIELD The Detroit Police Department has issued the following suggested travel route for those attending the Detroit Lions' game at Ford Field. Note all pedestrians should cross Woodward south of Grand Circus Park. Suggested Travel Routes From the Northeast: To access the parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-75 southbound and exit at Jefferson Avenue or Lafayette or take Gratiot Avenue, southbound into downtown Detroit. To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-75 southbound and exit at Jefferson Avenue, travel east crossing Woodward Avenue. From the East: To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-94 east to I-75 southbound, exit at Jefferson Avenue or Lafayette. To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-94 east to I-75 southbound to Jefferson Avenue exit. Travel west crossing Woodward Avenue. From the West: To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-96 eastbound to I-75 northbound to the Grand River exit (#50). To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-96 eastbound to the I-75 northbound exit. Take I-375 downtown and exit at Lafayette or Jefferson Avenue. From Northwest: To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel the Lodge Freeway (M-10) southbound, exit at Bagley. To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel the Lodge freeway southbound, exit at Jefferson Avenue south. PARKING The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking facilities for those attending the Detroit Lions' game at Ford Field. Facility Hours Rate Shuttle Service Detroit People Mover Access (DPM) Broadway Lot 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3.25 DPM 1451 Broadway Cadillac Farmer Lot 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $2.25 Ford Field Shuttle 1025 Farmer 50 cents Eastern Market Garage 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $10 2727 Riopelle Eastern Market Lots 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $30 Ford Field Enter on Russell Tailgating Shuttle - 50 cents off Gratiot Greektown Garage Open 24 hours $3.25 DPM 660 Macomb (NEW) Premier 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $10 Underground Garage 1206-08 Woodward Avenue FORD FIELD SHUTTLE SERVICE DDOT will provide shuttle service from two locations: Eastern Market and Cadillac Square (Farmer and Bates). Service will begin at 7:00 a.m. operating every 5-10 minutes until the start of the second quarter. Return shuttle service begins by the end of the third quarter with pick-up every 5-10 minutes. Ford Field shuttle service ends two hours after the game. The fare is 50 cents one way. Passengers are advised to bring the correct fare, as drivers will not be equipped to provide change. Service from Eastern Market and Cadillac Square (Farmer and Bates) will drop off passengers on Brush and Madison. Passengers board at the same location for the return trip. DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DDOT will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day for regular routes. The following routes will be detoured due to street closures for the Thanksgiving Day Parade: #7 Cadillac Harper #14 Crosstown #16 Dexter #18 Fenkell #23 Hamilton #25 Jefferson #31 Mack #36 Oakland #53 Woodward DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER SERVICE The Detroit People Mover will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Because of construction, the Renaissance Center and Cadillac Center stations are closed. DPM is currently operating in By-Pass service mode, with trains bypassing one another at the Times Square Station. Trains will operate in both directions between Millender Center and the Bricktown station through June 2004. Fare for the Detroit People Mover is 50 cents per ride. A token or any combination of U.S. nickels, dimes and quarters may be used for entry. Tokens are available in all operational DPM stations. The DPM is accessible to elderly and disabled persons. Children under 5 ride free. For more information on the Detroit People Mover, call 313-224-2160 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or dial 313-962-RAIL after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Additional information is also available on the Web site at www.thepeoplemover.com . For more information, go to the City's Web site at www.ci.detroit.mi.us . Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X54466792
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