KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Organizers of the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade announced details of the route and more Tuesday morning.
The parade is expected to draw 1 million people or more Wednesday morning to downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
With several inches of snow possible, and recalling the challenges presented by the Royals victory parade in 2015, here are some tips and information you need to know ahead of the parade to honor the Super Bowl LIV champion Chiefs.
The Kansas City Sports Commission said the parade celebrating the Chiefs' Super Bowl LIV victory will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The two-mile parade route starts at East 6th Street and Grand Boulevard. The route will follow Grand Boulevard to Pershing Road, where it will turn west before ending near Pershing Road and Main Street at Union Station.
Just like the Royals' parade more than four years ago, a victory rally, which is expected to begin around 1:30 p.m., will take place in front of Union Station after the parade.
- Numbered streets from East 6th to 16th streets plus East 18th, 19th, 20th, and 22nd streets will be closed between Walnut and McGee streets.
- Truman Road will be closed in both directions between Walnut and Oak streets.
- Pershing Road will be closed from roughly Broadway Boulevard to McGee Street.
- Main Street will be closed from East 19th to 27th streets.
- Grand Boulevard will be closed from Front Street to Crown Center.
- Kessler Road and Memorial Drive, which surround the National WWI Museum and Memorial, also will be closed.
The Kansas City Police Department will take missing children to designated locations where parents can find them.
Those child reunification centers are at the following intersections:
- Grand Avenue Temple, 205 E. 9th St.
- KCPD Headquarters, 1125 Locust Ave.
- Church of the Resurrection, 1601 Grand Blvd.
- Tent, East 18th Street and Grand Boulevard
- Tent, East 20th Street and Grand Boulevard
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City building, 2301 Main St.
KCPD also offered the following tips for child safety:
- Take a picture of your child in the clothes they are wearing before leaving for the parade;
- Have children wear a wristband with contact information of the adults with them at the parade or write it in permanent marker on their arm;
- Know the locations of the reunification centers above.
Transportation and Parking
RideKC is expected to have 425 buses in service to shuttle fans from parking areas to the outskirts of the parade route. That is double the amount of buses used during the Royals 2015 World Series celebration parade.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority shuttled roughly 250,000 people at the 2015 event.
Each shuttle has its own pick-up and drop-off location. Those five locations will be at:
- HyVee Arena, 1800 Genessee St. in Kansas City, Missouri, with drop-off at East 18th Street and Troost Avenue;
- Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave. in Kansas City, Missouri, with drop-off at East Truman Road and Lydia Avenue;
- Oak Park Mall, 11149 W 95th St. in Overland Park with drop-off at West 25th Street and Southwest Boulevard;
- 47th Street and State Avenue Transit Center, 849 N. 47th St. in Kansas City, Kansas, with drop-off at East 31st Street and Gillham Road;
- Swope Park/KC Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive in Kansas City, Missouri, with drop-off at East 31st and Main streets.
The five Park & Ride locations for the Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade are:— RideKC (@RideKCTransit) February 4, 2020
* HyVee Arena
* Worlds of Fun
* Oak Park Mall
* 47th & State Transit Center
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A KCATA spokesperson said where you get picked up is where you’ll get dropped off, which the organization hopes will streamline the boarding process after the parade.
All drop-off and pickup points will be one-half mile to one mile from the nearest point on the parade route, according to RideKC.
The first shuttles will leave the park-and-ride locations at 7 a.m., and they will continue running until 11 a.m.
After the celebration, shuttle service will be provided until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Buses will only return fans to the park-and-ride locations.
Coolers, lawn chairs, alcohol, weapons and fireworks will not be allowed on buses. Strollers must be folded before boarding.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking spectators not to park on or along the highways, which was an issue in 2015.
The Missouri Department of Transportation Kansas City office stressed the importance with the likelihood that snow plows will be needed to clear roads and highways, increasing the possibility of crashes.
Some things to remember during tomorrow's winter event and Kansas City Chiefs parade: pic.twitter.com/ImmzBnAjEa— MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) February 4, 2020
The city said trucks will begin towing cars that are parked on the parade route at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
National WWI Museum and Memorial
The National WWI Museum and Memorial’s north lawn offers a great area to view the victory rally. The Museum and Memorial is inviting all those spectators to visit the museum as well. It will extend its operating hours to 8 a.m to 5 p.m. and offer a discounted admission price Wednesday of $10.
The Museum’s cafe will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. More food and drinks will be available at a stand in the Memorial Courtyard, near the base of the Liberty Memorial Tower.
Fans can watch the victory rally on a video board on the southeast lawn of the Museum and Memorial grounds.
How to watch
41 Action News is proud to be the official broadcast partner for all of the events, including the live parade and show.
Beginning at 4:30 a.m., 41 Action News will carry live parade coverage on air, on streaming apps, via mobile apps and online at our Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade page.
KSHB-TV is planning a multi-camera production with exclusive access you will see only on 41 Action News, including player interviews
For more information on the parade, click here or text “chiefs parade” to 888777.