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Press Release # 140
Monday, November 25, 2002

New York City Police Department Announces Street Closures And Related Information Concerning The Thanksgiving Day Parade On Thursday, November 28

The New York City Police Department today announced the following street closures and related information concerning the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 28. Because heavy traffic is expected in the area all week, mass transit is strongly recommended.


The following area will be provided to "broadcast vehicles" only to cover the float inflation festivities from noon to midnight.

* The west side of Central Park West between 77th and 81st Streets

Vehicles may not park prior to noon and will not be permitted to park in bus stops, crosswalks or on fire hydrants. All vehicles must depart the area at midnight to allow for parade set-up.


Formation for the parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

* West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
* West 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
* Central Park West between West 77th and 81st Streets

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. from Central Park West and 77th Street and proceed the following route:

* South on Central Park West to Columbus Circle
* Through Columbus Circle to Broadway
* South on Broadway to 34th Street
* West on 34th Street to Seventh Avenue (dispersal area)


Members of the press will be permitted to park "broadcast vehicles only" on any street crossing the parade route with the following exceptions:

* 76th Street and formation area north of 76th Street
* 72nd Street (NYPD Operational Needs)
* 65th and 66th Streets (emergency vehicle crossing)
* 62nd and 61st Streets (NYPD Operational Needs)
* Columbus Circle (CBS Broadcast Area – Permit Issued)
* 57th Street (pedestrian/emergency vehicle crossing)
* 52nd and 48th Streets (pedestrian crossing)
* 45th Street east of Broadway (CBS Broadcast Area – Permit Issued)
* 42nd Street (pedestrian/emergency vehicle crossing)
* 37th Street (pedestrian crossing)
* South of 37th Street (Macy's/NBC Parade Operations – Permit Issued)

There will also be NO PARKING THREE CAR LENGTHS from any crosswalk on the side streets along the entire parade route.

Note: Broadcast vehicles may park along the West Drive in Central Park
at 77th Street starting at 5 a.m., however, they may not park at the
entrance to the West Drive at 77th Street. Vehicles parked along West
Drive must run cable along the curb to Central Park West.

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