FAQs: What to know about the Nationals’ championship celebration

Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals won the World Series!

Now what? Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming celebrations.


When’s the parade?

Saturday from approximately 2 to 4 p.m.


Where’s the parade?

The parade begins on Constitution Avenue at 15th Street NW, proceeds east along Constitution Avenue and ends on Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW with a team rally.

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Can I bring my own chair?

It depends on where exactly you want to set up shop, but WTOP’s John Domen reported seeing people sitting in chairs along the route. D.C. 311 tells us that chairs should be fine in most areas.


Will there be bathrooms at the parade?

Yep! WTOP’s Neal Augenstein confirmed that portable toilets are set up along the parade route.


What about driving and parking near the parade route?

You’re new around here, huh?

Don’t even try it, Bowser’s office said — take Metro, the bus, or pretty much anything else. WTOP agrees.


How about Metro?

You’re in luck there: Metro announced on Thursday that in partnership with Xfinity they’ll have extra trains running Saturday for the parade. They’ll be at rush-hour levels from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; trains will arrive every 3 to 4 minutes and will leave end-of-line stations every 6 to 12 minutes. And all previously scheduled track work has been canceled for the day.

Sports DC said the closest stops to the parade route are Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter on the Green and Yellow lines; Federal Triangle and Metro Center on the Blue and Orange lines, and Chinatown and Metro Center on the Red Line. And we’ll say it again: Get as close as you can get on one train — it’ll take a lot less time to walk a few blocks than to wait for another crowded train.

All Metro stations are expected to remain open throughout the parade.

MARC announced that the MARC Train Penn Line will have three scheduled southbound trains to D.C. before the parade and five departing trains scheduled after the parade ends. More information can be found on the MTA’s website.

So you reeeeeeally don’t have to drive.


I’m going to drive anyway. Any parking restrictions I should know about?

(Sigh) OK.

Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest between Constitution Avenue and 3rd Street will be closed and parking restricted beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and continue through 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Parking will be restricted on the following roadways from 6:30 p.m. on Friday to 7 p.m. on Saturday:

*   Constitution Ave. NW between 15th St. NW & 3rd St. NW
*   Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th St. NW & 3rd St. NW
*   15th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & E St. NW
*   Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 14th St. NW & 15th St. NW
*   14th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   7th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   6th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
*   4th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   3rd St. NW between D St. NW & Independence Ave. SW

All vehicles parked in violation of the emergency no parking signs will be ticketed and towed, the mayor’s office said. Motorists whose vehicles are towed should call (202) 541-6083.

Get up-to-date road conditions on WTOP’s traffic page, or listen to traffic updates every ten minutes online or on the radio at 103.5 FM.


Yikes. What about street closures?

The following streets will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday:

*   15th St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & E St. NW
*   Constitution Ave. NW between 3rd St. NW & 6th St. NW
*   Pennsylvania Ave. NW between East crossover & 6th St. NW
*   Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 14th St. NW & 15th St. NW
*   3rd St. NW between Constitution Ave. NW & Madison Dr. NW

The following streets will be closed from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday:

*   Constitution Ave. NW between 17th St. NW & 6th St. NW
*   Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 15th St. NW & 6th St. NW
*   15th St. NW between New York Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW**
*   14th St. NW between New York Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW**
*   13th St. NW between H St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW**
*   12th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
*   11th St. NW between E St. NW & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
*   10th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
*   9th St. NW between E St. NW & Constitution Ave. NW to include the 9th St. Tunnel
*   7th St. NW between E St. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   6th St. NW between Indiana Ave. NW & Constitution Ave. NW
*   4th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   3rd St. NW between D St. NW & Independence Ave. SW
*   Maryland Ave. SW between 3rd St. SW & Independence Ave. SW
*   Inbound 12th ramp from Virginia to DC
*   12th St. ramp from Independence Ave. SW (no traffic allowed into 12th St. Tunnel)
*   Inbound 14th St. Bridge (all traffic will go eastbound on I-695/I-395)
*   Inbound 14th St. HOV (all traffic will be sent eastbound on I-695/ I-395)
*   Westbound I-395 exit to 12th St. Tunnel (No access to tunnel)

** Local traffic will be permitted to travel south to E St. NW and northbound traffic will be allowed to travel north from E St. NW.

All street closures and listed times are subject to change.


Can I get that in a visual of some kind?

Sure. The green line is the parade route; the blue lines denote roads that are closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and the red lines are the roads that are closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The X dots are closed ramps:


What about bikes and scooters?

Only to a point. Sports DC put out a map with a few blocks around the parade route designated as a Pedestrian-Only Zone — no bikes, no scooters, no nothing. There are a number of bike-share and dockless scooter corrals and drop-off spots around the outside (click to enlarge):

(Courtesy Sports DC)

Sounds like a lot. Can I just watch it on TV somewhere?

The MLB Network, Fox5 and WUSA9 will all show the parade from 2 to 5 p.m.

You can also watch WTOP’s livestream, from our news partners NBC Washington.

And of course, you can tune in to 103.5 FM as we cover the event live!


Wait … what’s this whole Baby Shark thing about?

We know you know; it’s just an excuse to post this again:


Is the team going to the White House?

They’ll be on the South Lawn Monday at 1:15 p.m.


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WTOP will be adding more information to this Q&A as it becomes available. Have a question you want answered? Email us at talkback@wtop.com.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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