The City and County of Denver announced Thursday the initial allocation of slots on the Designated Parade Route to be available during the Democratic National Convention in late August for groups seeking to march toward the Pepsi Center.
Since announcing details of the route one week ago, the City worked closely with the seven separate organizations that requested use of the Designated Parade Route by the March 14 application deadline. Every organization that submitted a request has been allocated a slot on every day in which they were interested.
Organizations allocated slots and the dates for which they have been allocated are: Monday, August 25
Barbara Cohen, Recreate 68Tuesday, August 26
Barbara Cohen, Recreate 68
Nita Gonzales, We Are America: Immigration Rights March
Shannon McNamara, We Are Change Colorado
Damien Sedney, Citizens for Obama March for DemocracyWednesday, August 27
Barbara Cohen, Recreate 68
Damien Sedney, Citizens for Obama, March for Democracy
Adam Jungk, Tent State UniversityThursday, August 28
Barbara Cohen, Recreate 68
Richard Eastman, Americans for Safe Access
Damien Sedney, Citizens for Obama March for Democracy
Jess Knox, Protect Colorado’s Future
As an expression of support for the rights of people to express their views safely and in a manner that respects the rights of others along with local, state and federal laws, the City and County of Denver announced in February its intention to provide a Designated Parade Route and waive its standard fees, making it available free-of-charge to groups wishing to conduct parades during the week of the Convention.
“In recognition of the value our community places on free speech, this Designated Parade Route is designed to provide diverse organizations access to a safe and visible Convention parade route in an approach and timeframe that minimizes mobility impacts on downtown businesses, residents and visitors,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper upon announcing the parade route last week. “Both the parade route and its hours of operation respect the desire of demonstrators to be seen and heard – as well as the needs of downtown residents and commuters to get to and from work before and after the parades take place.”
From this point forward, requests for slots on the Designated Parade Route will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The City also accept requests onto a waiting list in the event all slots are requested and allocated. More details of the process and the parade route, as well as request forms, are available on www.denvergov.org/DNC2008
. Additional questions can be addressed to Kevin Scott at DNC2008permits@denvergov.org
or 720-865-4330. PARADE ROUTE and TIMES: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Denver’s Designated Parade Route will be available all four days of the Convention (August 25-28, 2008) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Organizations will be able to gather on Bannock Street between 14th Avenue and Colfax Avenue (adjacent to Civic Center Park) each day at 10:00 a.m. Each day, the first parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Designated Parade Route will begin on the north side of Colfax Avenue in the westbound traffic lanes at Bannock Street and proceed west toward Speer Boulevard, where marchers will proceed north on the southbound lanes of Speer Boulevard to Larimer Street.
Groups will continue with staggered start times, based on the crowd estimates they provided, with the final group crossing the start of the parade at the intersection of Bannock Street and Colfax Avenue by 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., City crews will follow the last group to clean the streets on the parade route. Traffic barricades that were provided for the safety of the marchers will be removed. Because the parades will take place during non-rush hours, downtown business commuters and residents will have the opportunity to get to and from work with minimized inconvenience.
The parade route will end within walking distance of the 50,000+ square-foot demonstration zone located in Pepsi Center parking lot A. Details of the route from Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street to the area within walking distance of the public demonstration zone are still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks. As is standard safety protocol for parade routes, prominent signage designating the route and traffic management/safety personnel along the route will be provided.Related Street Closures:
Bannock Street between 14th Avenue and Colfax Avenue will be closed August 25-28 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. During that time, the westbound lanes of Colfax Avenue from Bannock Street to Speer Boulevard will be closed, as will the southbound lanes of Speer Boulevard from Colfax Avenue to Larimer Street. The eastbound lanes of Colfax Avenue and the northbound lanes of Speer will remain open, but some slowdown in traffic flow is expected.NO PARADE IMPACT ON LIGHT RAIL
The RTD light rail line which crosses Speer Boulevard at Stout Street will remain open at all times, including the time allocated for parades. Additional security provided by RTD will supplement law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of marchers when the light rail trains cross the parade route. PUBLIC VIEWING AREA/DEMONSTRATION ZONE
The public demonstration zone will be a 50,000+ square foot area located in Lot A of the Pepsi Center, within sight and sound of the delegates entering the facility. It will be open to all members of the public, whether they choose to participate in any of the marches or not. All activities within the public demonstration zone remain subject to local, state and federal laws.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES:
The City continues to work with law enforcement officials to finalize plans regarding mobility and access during the Convention. Additional details will be announced as they become available. We continue to underscore that while there will be some additional screening procedures and security measures in some locations, all downtown residents will be able to access their homes and parking garages, and downtown businesses will be able to remain open with access for both their employees and customers.
Ongoing updates will be disseminated widely and made available through a variety of sources, including www.DenverGov.org
, 3-1-1 and more.