Massive Lakers victory parade expected to bring thousands, snarl traffic

Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers cheer during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade and Rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. This year's parade is expected to bring tens of thousands downtown.
Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers cheer during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade and Rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. This year's parade is expected to bring tens of thousands downtown. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Lakers fans planning to attend Monday's victory parade should watch the procession along the two-mile Figueroa Street parade route between 12th Street and Jefferson Boulevard because other areas near Staples Center will be off limits, organizers said.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Staples Center and heads south on Figueroa toward Galen Center.

Unlike last year's parade, which was followed by a celebration complete with speeches and Laker Girl performances at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, there will be no post-parade event.

Fans were encouraged to celebrate safely and responsibly, as the parade will be a family event, and small children will be present. Parents were reminded to keep their children close because some have gotten lost at previous parades.

Attendees should drink liquids and use sunscreen, since they may be standing along the Figueroa corridor for several hours and the forecast calls for sunny weather.

Restaurants at L.A. Live will be open during the parade, but access will be restricted to the northern entrance off Olympic Boulevard.

The entire south side of L.A. Live will be restricted with no public viewing of the parade from 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Cherry Streets.

Commuters heading for downtown Los Angeles Monday morning could run into some serious traffic headaches, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend the victory parade and several streets will be closed for the event.

According to the city Department of Transportation, Figueroa Street will be closed between Olympic and Jefferson boulevards.

    Other planned road closures, which are to begin at midnight, include:
  • Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Cherry streets

  • Cherry Street between Olympic and Pico boulevards

  • Flower Street between Washington and Jefferson boulevards

  • Jefferson between Figueroa and Hoover streets

  • and Figueroa Street between Olympic and 11th Street

Intersections will be reopened as the parade passes and pedestrian traffic clears.

Metro officials encouraged Laker fans to use rail lines to get downtown, noting there are Blue Line stations at Pico and Chick Hearn, and at Grand Avenue and Washington Boulevard.

Blue Line trains will run every six minutes throughout the day. More trains will be added to the Red/Purple lines, and service will be bolstered on the Gold Line as needed, according to Metro.

Metro officials noted that 31 bus lines will be delayed or detoured because of the parade. Delays can be expected beginning at 3 a.m. on lines 14, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38, 55, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 96, 102, 200, 333, 335, 378, 439, 442, 445, 450X, 460, 485, 603, 714, 730, 770 and 910.

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