Kansas City prepares for Royal Celebration

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Celebrating a baseball world championship hasn't happened in 30 years, and there have been weeks of behind the scenes planning for Tuesday's parade.

Parade organizers say when they first organized a route, it was only about a mile long, but other cities who've celebrated championships in recent years told them that was far too short.

So Tuesday's parade will begin at noon, on Grand between the Sprint Center and the Power and Light District. The parade first will head north on Grand to 9th Street before turning east to Oak, then head back south to Truman Road, before cutting back over to Grand and continuing south to Union Station.

There will be extended public transit options for anyone headed downtown, including free shuttle service from places as close as Kemper Arena to places as far away as the Strang Line Park N Ride in Olathe, Ks. Organizers expect parking downtown will be hard to come by.

"I think it’s very important that you pay attention to the logistical side," said Mayor Sly James. "How to get here, where to park, what to bring. Dress comfortably, make sure you check the weather, all of those things, so when you get here, when you get on that parade route, you’ll have nothing to do except stand back and enjoy this event that we haven’t seen in this city for 30 years."

This is a family friendly event, public consumption of alcohol will be prohibited. And FOX 4 News has learned Union Station will open early for families Tuesday morning, so you can bring the kids to Science City or see the DaVinci exhibit in the morning instead of waiting for hours on the lawn for the parade.

Parade goers also are urged to travel light. Don't bring big bags or backpacks. For specific information on how to plan your trip downtown and what will and won't be available, go to: VisitKC.com.

Click the photo for more information (Photo courtesy of the City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals. )

Click the photo for more information (Photo courtesy of the City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals. )

Shuttles will pick up fans from the below locations and transport fans directly to the Royals Celebration.

  • Kemper Arena:  On the south side of 17th between Gennesse and Wyoming. Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 16th & Wyandotte.
  • Metro North: Northwest end of mall parking lot.  Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 16th & Wyandotte.
  • Plaza: Pick up on eastbound 47th St. between Pennsylvania and Broadway/Wornall, and on eastbound 47th at Wyandotte. Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at Main & 27th.
  • Strang Line Park & Ride: Heartland Community Church at 121st & Strang Line Road, Olathe, Kan. Buses will be Johnson County Transit and First Transit vehicles.
  • 47th & State MetroCenter: At 47th & State in KCK. Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at 16th & Wyandotte.
  • Swope Park: At Kansas City Zoo bus stop, just north of the Zoo ticket counter. Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at Main & 27th.
  • Red Bridge Park & Ride: At Red Bridge Rd. & Grandview Rd. Buses will be Metro vehicles. Buses will drop off and pick up in downtown at Main & 27th.
  • 16th & Wyandotte: Near Kauffman Center for Performing Arts
  • 27th & Main: South of Crown Center

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The following streets will be closed while the parade is going on:

  • Grand Boulevard between 8th and 27th streets (plus side streets to Grand from Walnut or McGee) Crown Center parking via Grand Blvd. will remain accessible.
  • Oak Street between 8th and 16th Streets (plus side streets to Oak from Locust Street)
  • Truman Road between Locust Street and Walnut Street
  •  Pershing Road between McGee and Broadway Street/Archives Way
  •  Main Street between 20th and 27th streets
  • Kessler Road from Pershing to the west side entrance of The National WWI Museum and Memorial