FAQ: A guide to Tuesday's Capitals victory parade in Washington, D.C.

Maybe you knew when the Washington Capitals defeated their longtime playoff nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins, that the Stanley Cup would end up in D.C. and you could start planning the victory parade.

But now that it’s here, there’s a lot you need to consider. This will be the first championship parade for Washington sports since the Redskins captured the Super Bowl 26 years ago, and D.C. will be even more difficult to navigate than usual.

Here’s everything you need to know to get to and enjoy the Capitals parade:

When is the parade, and where?

On Tuesday, the parade will start at 11 a.m. at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street, between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Washington Monument, and will roll down Constitution Ave toward 7th Street, at the National Mall.

How do I get down there?

Take the MARC. The train will run on its regular weekday schedule on all three lines Tuesday. There will also be a limited additional capacity on the 9 a.m. southbound Penn Line Train 423 and the 1:20 and 2:20 p.m. northbound Penn Line trains 422 and 424.

Buy your tickets early, but keep in mind that a ticket does not mean a spot on the train.

Make sure you get to Baltimore’s Penn Station with plenty of time before your departure. MARC is expecting far more people than usual (likely all wearing red) and the trains will be extremely crowded. Officials say they will cut off boarding when they feel that the car is too full.

Buy your tickets, or look at the train schedules here: mta.maryland.gov/marc-train

If you want to run on your own schedule via your car, driving down will be slow. There will likely be traffic all Tuesday morning, so leave early if you can (before 6 a.m. rush hour). Here are some routes to carry you from Baltimore:

  • Travel on MD-295 S, and then merge onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway into D.C.
  • Take I-95 S and Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the US-50 W exit.

What will the weather be like?

Perfect, according to the forecast. Monday’s gloomy clouds and chilly rain will disappear, to be replaced by a partly cloudy sky, warm 78 degree temperature, just 57 percent humidity and a light breeze. Of course, even if it were raining, Alex Ovechkin’s already pretty used to celebrating in water …

How many people are supposed to be there?

When Ted Leonsis’ company, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, applied to the National Park Service for the parade Thursday morning, it officially anticipated “100,000+” to show up. But on the ice Thursday night, Leonsis told reporters, “It’s going to be much bigger than everyone is expecting.”

Do I need some kind of ticket to get close to the street?

Unlike the Capitals’ viewing party last week, you don’t need a ticket. The parade is free and open to the public. But unless you’re camped out by 6 a.m. at the latest, you’re probably not going to beat out D.C.’s own to grab the best view of the route.

If I do drive down, where can I park?

The bad news is that it’s very unlikely you’ll find good parking, especially the closer and closer it gets to 11 a.m.

Street parking is also a familiarly hellish experience to most Washington residents. Most spots will be metered at $2.30 an hour, which will add a time restriction to fans who might just want to enjoy the day and relax without having to worry about rushing back to the car.

There are also several parking lots around Franklin Square (about four blocks to the parade route), but it will cost you on average about $23.

There will also be a large number of parking restrictions:

  • 7th Street will be Emergency No Parking from 6:30 p.m. Monday through 11 p.m. Tuesday from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
  • 7th Street will be closed from Independence Avenue SW to Constitution Avenue NW from 6:30 p.m. on Monday through 11 p.m. Tuesday as well.

The following restrictions will are classified as Emergency No Parking from 6:30 p.m. on Monday through 3:30 p.m. Tuesday:

  • Constitution Avenue, NW from 6th Street to 23rd Street NW
  • 9th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to I-395
  • 10th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Independence Avenue SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 20th Street form C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 21st Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • 23rd Street from C Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Virginia Avenue NW from 18th Street to 19th Street NW
  • Independence Avenue SW from 3rd to 14th Street SW
  • Madison Drive from 4th to 15th Streets NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to 4th Streets SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue NW
  • Parkway Drive SW from Independence Avenue to Lincoln Memorial Circle

When I’m not standing along the parade route, how do I get around?

If you’re able-bodied, walking is your best bet. Take the Metro, if you can. Rush hour service will be provided all day to accomodate the influx of people.Trains will depart every 2 to 4 minutes around downtown stops.

I’m tired, a person with a physical disability or I have small children that don’t want to walk anymore — how easy will it be for a taxi or rideshare service to get us around?

Not bad, but not great. Because of the high demand, Uber rates will undoubtedly increase by approximately 1.8x or 2.5x, so at the very worst, a $10 ride will turn into a $25 ride, according to the rideshare’s website.

There will also be a very large number of street closures.

The following streets will be closed from 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12:

  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge Main Line - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge HOV - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395
  • Northbound 12th Street Tunnel - all traffic will be directed toward Eastbound I-395
  • Eastbound Theodore Roosevelt Bridge - all traffic will be directed toward E Street Expressway/Potomac River Freeway
  • Southbound 9th Street Tunnel
  • Constitution Avenue, NW from 6th Street to 23rd Street, NW
  • 9th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to I-395
  • 10th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 12th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 14th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 15th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 17th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
  • 18th Street from New York Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 19th Street from Virginia Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 20th Street form C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 21st Street from C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 22nd Street from C Street, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • 23rd Street from Virginia Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Virginia Avenue, NW from 18th Street to 19th Street, NW
  • Madison Drive from 4th to 15th Streets, NW
  • Jefferson Drive from 14th to 4th Streets, SW
  • Henry Bacon Drive, SW from Lincoln Memorial Circle to Constitution Avenue, NW
  • Parkway Drive, SW from Independence Avenue, to Lincoln Memorial Circle

What’s going on at the National Mall?

An ALLCAPS rally. Details are forthcoming.

My dog is a big Capitals fan. Can they come?

Pets are prohibited on the National Mall.

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