The City of Oakland’s announced that the third time celebration of the Golden State Warriors as NBA Champions will take place this Tuesday, June 12th, at 11 am, but with a twist: the rally that has been produced and held in front of the Oakland Auditorium by Lake Merritt in the past, is no more. Here’s the press release sent by the City of Oakland minutes ago:
The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and the City of Oakland will host a Championship Parade to honor the 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, June 12, beginning at 11:00 am. The parade will begin on Broadway at 11th Street, turning right on 20th Street, turning right on Harrison to 19th Street, and right on Lakeside Drive, ending on Oak and 13th Street (see parade route map below).
In an effort to provide a more intimate, free-flowing and engaging celebratory event for fans this year, the Warriors have implemented a few changes to the parade route and overall presentation. In lieu of a post-event rally, the Warriors and the City of Oakland have focused their planning efforts solely on creating an interactive parade, the primary element of a championship celebration, where fans will have the opportunity to share in the up-close excitement of the 2018 NBA Championship with the Warriors, their players, coaches, legends, and staff.
Fans can begin to line up for the Parade on Tuesday as early as 6:30 a.m.
Over 1 million spectators are expected for the victory celebration in downtown Oakland, so expect large crowds, traffic, and delays starting very early Tuesday morning and lasting throughout the day. In addition to the crowds, no-parking zones and street closures will make driving in downtown Oakland very difficult. Be on the look-out for posted no-parking signs in the downtown area beginning on Sunday, June 10th through Tuesday, June 12th.
· Public transit will be the easiest way to reach the Parade. BART and AC Transit are gearing up to accommodate large crowds. Please be patient as transit will be slowed by traffic congestion and heavy pedestrian traffic.
· BART will run rush-hour service all day using every available train possible at maximum length to help people get to where they need to be. Service may be adjusted before and during the parade. This includes directing foot traffic to another station nearby, changing platforms as needed, and skipping stations with crowded platforms. Please listen to station staff and service announcements. Check www.bart.gov for updates.
· AC Transit buses will be rerouted around downtown Oakland for most of the day due to street closures in the parade area. As road closures begin to affect bus service, AC Transit ambassadors will be deployed throughout downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt to help guide residents and visitors to appropriate bus stop locations. Additionally, AC Transit ambassadors will be distributing flyers with critical information regarding temporary reroutes and the affected bus lines.
· Lines 1, 6, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 29, 33, 40, 51A, 62, 72, 72M, 72R, 88, 96, NL, Broadway Shuttle and All Nighter lines 800, 801 and 840 will be detoured. Detours of these bus lines will occur in two phases and begin the day before the parade. Please visit www.actransit.org to learn more about reroutes and additional service information.
· Parking in the areas surrounding the parade will be significantly limited and public transit is highly encouraged.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, hats, water, and your blue and gold!
Signs and banners are permitted under the following guidelines:
They do not obstruct sightlines at the parade
Dimensions do not exceed 18” x 18”
No obscene or inflammatory language
What Not to Bring
· Drones: No carrying into the perimeter or flying over the parade
· Hard-sided containers of any size, including coolers and thermoses
· Glass containers or cans
· Lawn furniture or folding chairs
· Alcoholic beverages
· Illegal drugs
· Weapons of any kind
· Any size pole, stick, broom or other item that is or can be used as a weapon
· Sharp items of any kind
· Large umbrellas or pop-up tents
· Laser pointers
· Scooters and bicycles
No boats or watercraft will be allowed on Lake Merritt or the Estuary Channel on Tuesday.
Official Warriors merchandising locations can be found at 14th & Broadway and 20th & Harrison. Each location will be open between 8 am and 2 pm.
Stay Safe/Be Aware
The Oakland Police Department asks for your help keeping the celebration safe by reporting any suspicious activity. Let OPD know if you see any of these kinds of activities or behaviors:
· Celebratory gunfire
· Illegal fireworks
· Abandoned backpack or box
· Public drunkenness
· Erratic driving
· Any criminal activity
Attendees in need of medical attention should contact the nearest uniformed personnel