PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 6, 2016) – A celebratory parade honoring the Villanova Men’s Basketball National Championship Team will be held in Center City Philadelphia on Friday, April 8. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at 20th and Market Streets and conclude with a rally at Dilworth Park. Today, City officials released program and operational details for the parade and rally.
Parade Route & Dilworth Park Rally Details
The parade will begin at 1 p.m., stepping off from 20th & Market Streets and then heading east toward City Hall, concluding at Dilworth Park. The men’s basketball team and coaching staff, as well as Villanova University’s cheerleaders and band will all participate in the parade. Following the parade, the Villanova Men’s Basketball National Championship Team and other university representatives will convene at a rally at Dilworth Park. University President Rev. Peter Donohue, head coach Jay Wright, and members of the men’s basketball team are all scheduled to address the crowd at Dilworth Park.
The following roads are scheduled to close beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 8 in connection to the Villanova Championship Parade.
Cross traffic on Market Street, from 16th to 22nd Streets, will be closed prior to the parade step-off and will resume on a rolling basis after the parade passes and streets are cleared.
Vehicular traffic in the vicinity of City Hall will be diverted as follows:
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and to allow for extra driving time.
City of Philadelphia temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted, and regulations will be enforced strictly. Parking along the parade route will be prohibited, and all vehicles on the route will be towed, beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 8 until at least 5 p.m. “No Parking” areas will include:
Paid parking lots and garages are located near the parade route. Spectators can call individual facilities ahead for parking options, prices and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website. Garages along Market Street between 15th and 23rd Streets will be accessible for vehicles exiting the garages; however, there may be delays based on timing and progress of the parade. If possible, vehicles using garages on the parade route should plan to exit prior to 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
SEPTA Service Details
City officials strongly encourage parade-goers to walk or use public transportation. SEPTA has made service adjustments for parade-goers who will be traveling to the parade route and attending the festivities.
SEPTA personnel wearing red shirts will be available at Center City and Villanova-area stations to assist travelers before and after the parade. For complete service updates and detours, as well as schedules, station maps and fare information, visit www.septa.org, call 215-580-7800, or follow SEPTA on Twitter at @SEPTA and @SEPTA_Social.