CLEVELAND, Ohio — The official route and other plans for Wednesday’s Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade and Rally have been released.
According to a release from the city of Cleveland, the event will begin at 11 a.m. It will feature more than 60 units including floats, specialty vehicles, the Ohio State University Marching Band and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The parade will start near Quicken Loans Arena and travel through the streets of downtown Cleveland to a rally on Mall B. There will be a special program with entertainment, special presentations and celebrations.
Fans are invited to line the parade route that will start in front of Quicken Loans Arena, moving to Huron Road to Ontario Street, to Carnegie Avenue to East 9th Street and to Lakeside Avenue, ending at East 6th Street.
City officials suggest arriving to the area early to find a spot to watch the parade. The event is family friendly, and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
It’s also recommended that fans travel light and bring water and sunscreen.
Anyone carrying a backpack or large bags must undergo additional screening, police said. Coolers will not be allowed into the rally, and no tailgating is allowed, according to Cleveland Police.
On Tuesday, St. Clair Avenue between East Mall Drive and West Mall Drive will be closed for event preps. That section will remain closed through 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The following closures will be in effect on Wednesday through 9 p.m.
- Huron Road at West 2nd Street
- Huron Road at West Superior Avenue (local access only).
- Ontario Street at Prospect Avenue, southbound.
- Huron Road at Prospect Avenue
- Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at West 20th Street
- Orange Avenue at East 14th Street
- Sumner Court at East 14th Street
- Erie Court at East 14th Street
- East 3rd Street between Superior and Rockwell
- Rockwell from East 6th Street to Public Square
- Prospect Avenue at East 14th Street
- Prospect Avenue at Huron Road east of East 9th Street, westbound
- Euclid Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
- Euclid Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
- Chester Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
- Walnut Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
- Vincent Avenue at East 6, eastbound
- Superior Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
- St. Clair at East 12 Street, westbound
- Lakeside Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
- Lakeside Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
- St. Clair Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
- Superior Avenue at West 3rd Street (local access only)
- Superior Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
- Commercial Hill at Canal (local access only)
The following parking bans will be in effect Wednesday through 9 p.m.
- East 9th Street in its entirety
- Vincent Avenue in its entirety
- Walnut Avenue in its entirety
- Huron Road from 800 Prospect Avenue to Ontario Street
- Huron Road between Prospect Avenue and Euclid Avenue
- Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street (both sides of the street)
- Sumner Avenue and Erie Court from East 14th Street to East 9th Street
- Bolivar Road from East 7th Street to East 14th Street
- Prospect Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street
- Chester Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
- Superior Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
- Rockwell Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
- St. Clair Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
- Lakeside Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
- East 6th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
- West Prospect from West Superior Avenue to West 2nd Street
- West 2nd Street between West Prospect Avenue to West Huron Road
- West Huron Road from West 2nd Street to west Superior Avenue
- East 12th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
- East 13th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
A commemorative championship $5 all-day round trip pass will be on sale at all Rapid transit stations during Wednesday’s festivities. Trains will operate every 10 minutes. More details here.
Fox 8 News Coverage
Fox 8 News is planning unprecedented, all-day live coverage of the celebration.
Fox 8 News will be live on the air from 4 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 15.5 straight hours of coverage that will include the parade, the rally and our Fox 8 newscasts.
The event will also be streamed LIVE on Fox8.com and on the Fox 8 Facebook Page.
“Working in partnership with our friends at Fox Sports Ohio, Fox 8 will bring our viewers live coverage celebrating the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers,” said Fox 8 General Manager Paul Perozeni. “It’s a live, day long event celebrating Cleveland’s Own Cavaliers, from Cleveland’s Own Fox 8 News.”
The weather will be perfect for a parade.
A celebration will be held in Akron to honor James, an Akron native, on Thursday. For all those details, click here.
The Cavaliers returned home Monday morning after taking the title in Oakland Sunday, defeating the Warriors 93-89.
LeBron James stepped off a plane near the IX Center, holding up the Larry O’Brien Trophy as more than 10,000 fans came out to welcome the team.
James also helped parade the trophy around the parking lot so that fans could see it more closely.
“Oh, my goodness,” LeBron said Monday. “It’s going to be probably one of the biggest parties — I’m sorry, one of? It’s going to be the biggest party that Cleveland has ever seen ever. So if you guys still have a little money left over in your budget, you guys better make a trip to Cleveland and get a little piece of it.”