Lakers parade will complicate Monday morning commute
The team has promised to reimburse the city for the additional police and transportation workers needed to staff the parade, as well as for the installation of barricades along the route. The estimated cost for those city services is more than $1.5 million, said David Beltran, a spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“The Lakers will be funding the cost of the parade 100%,” said team spokesman John Black.Unlike last year, there will be no rally at the Coliseum, which filled up so quickly that police had to turn people away before the event started.
The best bet for fans will be to line up along the 2-mile-long parade route on Figueroa Street between 11th Street, near Staples Center, and Jefferson Boulevard near USC.
Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to attend.
A number of open-air buses and other vehicles carrying the Laker Girls, coaches and staff will follow.
Fans should avoid driving to the parade, officials said, recommending that they take the Metro Blue Line light rail, exiting at Pico or Grand stations or exiting at 7th Street/Metro Center station on the Red and Purple subway lines.
The parade is expected to last about an hour, but Black said that “they don’t always go as scripted.”
The following streets are expected to be closed: Figueroa Street between Olympic Boulevard to the north and Jefferson Boulevard on the south, Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Cherry streets, Cherry Street between Olympic and Pico boulevards, Flower Street between Washington and Jefferson boulevards, and Jefferson Boulevard between Figueroa and Hoover streets, and all intersections along the parade route.
To sign-up for up-to-the-minute parade information, text LAWINS to 888777, a service of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: A bird's-eye view of the 2009 Lakers victory parade. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
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