The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants during a prior walk. (Michael Williamson – Washington Post)

The elephants are back in town. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is heading to the Verizon Center later this week for nine shows in four days, which means it’s time for the annual elephant walk in D.C.

This — ahem — “pachyderm parade” (as the Twitter account calls it) marches from Capitol Hill to Penn Quarter, and it will close several streets at the tail end of the Tuesday evening commute.

While the walk itself is scheduled to start on Tuesday at 8 p.m., streets will begin closing at 7:30 p.m. and should reopen at 10 p.m., according to D.C. police.

The walk begins at the Capitol Power Plant at New Jersey and Virginia avenues NW. After that, the route is as follows:

  • North on South Capitol Street to Washington Avenue SE
  • Northwest on Washington Avenue to Independence Avenue SW
  • West on Independence Avenue to 3rd Street SW
  • North on 3rd Street to G Street NW
  • West on G Street NW to a loading dock at the Verizon Center

View 2013 DC Elephant Walk Route in a larger map

For the latest on the exact status of the parade, follow @DCElephantWalk on Twitter.

This post has been updated to fix two quadrants that the D.C. police had noted as Southeast, but are actually Southwest.