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 .
 
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