Thousands of fans are expected to descend on the Mall on Saturday to celebrate Washington’s first World Series trophy in 95 years with a parade honoring the Nationals.

If you’re planning on attending the festivities, you’ll want to arrive early and plan ahead.

Several major streets will be closed, making driving and parking in the area challenging. The best advice is to ditch the car and use public transit. The good news is Metro will be running extra trains to support the large crowds.

Dress for cooler-than-normal weather. The Capital Weather Gang is forecasting temperatures in the mid-to-upper-50s and mostly sunny skies. Keep an eye out for a more detailed forecast Saturday.

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Parade organizers are estimating tens of thousands of fans will out come to fete the Nationals, who clinched the championship by beating the Houston Astros, 6-2, in Game 7 on Wednesday to secure the franchise’s first title and Washington’s first World Series championship since 1924.

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“We are proud of our team who went to Houston and finished the fight, winning their first-ever World Series and delivering another championship to our sports capital,” D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Friday morning in announcing Saturday’s events. “Now it is our turn to deliver a parade of the ages to celebrate our Nats.”

Here’s what you need to know if you’re attending the parade or will be working, dining or sightseeing nearby.

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The event

The 2019 Nationals Championship Parade will begin at 2 p.m., starting at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, near the Washington Monument. It will proceed east along Constitution and end at Pennsylvania Avenue and Third Street NW, where there will be a rally at 3:30 p.m.

The program will feature the players, coaching staff and the trophy. Students from D.C. schools will walk the route along with marching bands, Little League teams and members of the military.

This map shows the parade route:

Jumbotrons will be along the route streaming the parade and culmination rally. D.C. officials said paradegoers will be able to enjoy the festivities with a pedestrian-only zone. All vehicles, including bikes and scooters, will be banned from the parade perimeter.

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Getting there

Metro. Metro will be open during its normal Saturday hours of 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. The rail system will run extra trains to accommodate the larger crowds and operate at rush-hour levels between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The additional trains, sponsored by Xfinity, will keep service at rush-hour levels all day.

Trains will arrive every three to four minutes in downtown, and departures from end-of-line stations will be every six to 12 minutes, the transit agency said. Parking at Metro lots and garages is free on weekends, but expect them to fill up early. Expect crowded trains and platforms, too. All previously scheduled track work has been canceled, except for overnight work.

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The stations closest to the parade route are Federal Triangle, Archives and Judiciary Square, but expect them to be very crowded. Consider using Metro Center, Gallery Place or Union Station as alternates, all of which are less than a 10-minute walk from the parade route.

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To view the parade from the south side of the route, Metro suggests exiting at Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza or Federal Center SW and walking north across the Mall.

Avoid transferring between lines if possible. Trains could bypass certain stations if they become overcrowded, and Metro could slow trains approaching stations because of platform crowding. Some stations may be entry-only and exit-only to facilitate moving people through the system.

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Get your SmarTrip card in advance and make sure it’s loaded with enough money to get you to and from your destination; otherwise you should expect long lines to access fare machines.

Metrobus. Routes that travel near the Mall may be detoured. Riders should expect delays as a result of road closures. Instead of using the bus, consider taking Metrorail to get to the celebration.

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Capital Bikeshare. Bikeshare corrals will be available at the following three locations along the parade route:

  • 15th and E streets NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW and Second Street NW
  • Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW

Scooters and e-bikes. Corrals will also be available for electric scooters and bikes. Fans getting to the parade using any of these services can drop off the devices at the following three intersections:

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  • Seventh and E streets NW
  • Seventh Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th and E streets NW

Rideshare zones. Fans taking taxi and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft can be dropped off and picked up on Independence Avenue SW, between 14th Street SW and Third Street SW.

Driving. Getting around by car near the parade will be difficult. Plan a route ahead of time to avoid the closures. Be mindful of a long list of parking restrictions. See a full list of road closures and parking restrictions below.

Parking. Some parking apps said Thursday they are adding inventory in preparation for the World Series parade, and drivers are advised to book a spot early. SpotHero will run a promotion of 15 percent off with the promo code WSCHAMPS.

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Security. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said fans should expect increased police presence during the parade, but there is no credible threat to the nation’s capital. Authorities are asking anyone to report suspicious activity, and reminding visitors that carrying open containers of alcohol is prohibited in the District. Parents should talk to their children about a reunification plan, including reaching out to police officers, Newsham said.

“We are prepared," the chief said Friday. "Washington, D.C., has a proud history of celebrating responsibly and with class. We certainly don’t want to ruin that reputation.”

Parking restrictions

Parking restrictions started at 9 a.m. Friday. Parking will be prohibited inside the parade perimeter for the duration of the closures. Vehicles that are parked in violation of emergency “no parking” restrictions will be ticketed and/or towed, police said.

The following roads will be closed and parking restricted from 9:30 a.m. Friday and through 7 p.m. Saturday:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Third Street NW

Parking will prohibited on the following roads from 6:30 p.m. Friday and until 7 p.m. Saturday:

  • Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and Third streets NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and Third streets NW
  • 15th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and E Street NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • 14th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Seventh Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Sixth Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • Fourth Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Third Street NW between D Street NW and Independence Avenue SW

Road closures

These streets will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday:

  • 15th Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and E Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between East crossover and Sixth Street NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 14th and 15th streets NW
  • Third Street NW between Constitution Avenue NW and Madison Drive NW

The following will close at 9 a.m. Saturday and remain closed until 6 p.m. Saturday:

  • Constitution Avenue NW between 17th and Sixth streets NW
  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 15th and Sixth streets NW
  • 15th Street NW between New York Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 14th Street NW between New York Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • 13th Street NW between H Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 12th Street NW between E Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • 11th Street NW between E Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • 10th Street NW between E Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • Ninth Street NW between E Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW to include the 9th Street Tunnel
  • Seventh Street NW between E Street NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Sixth Street NW between Indiana Avenue NW and Constitution Avenue NW
  • Fourth Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Third Street NW between D Street NW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW between Third Street SW and Independence Avenue SW
  • Inbound 12th Street ramp from Virginia to Washington
  • 12th Street ramp from Independence Avenue SW (no traffic allowed into 12th Street Tunnel)
  • Inbound 14th Street Bridge (all traffic will go east on I-695/I-395)
  • Inbound 14th Street HOV (all traffic will be sent east on I-695/ I-395)
  • Westbound I-395 exit to 12th Street Tunnel (No access to tunnel)
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