Per DC HSEMA:
Street Closures and Parking Restrictions For 2008 Pageant of Peace.
(Washington, D.C.) The Metropolitan Police Department has provided the following information regarding street closures and parking restrictions for the 2008 Pageant of Peace on Thursday, December 4, 2008. The ceremony for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. on the Ellipse near the White House. Please note the times and locations of the road closures have been amended. Amended Road Closures:
-Beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2008, and in effect until the completion of the ceremonies, there will be no traffic allowed northbound or southbound on 15th Street, NW, between E Street and Constitution Avenue.
-Beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2008, and in effect until the completion of the ceremonies there will also be no traffic allowed northbound or southbound on 17th Street, NW, between Constitution Avenue and New York Avenue.
(These restrictions remain the same as previously released.)
-From 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, there will be no parking allowed on 15th Street, NW, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.
-There will also be no parking allowed during that time on 17th Street, NW, between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues.
These street closings and related parking restrictions are subject to change without notice based upon prevailing conditions.
Traffic delays may occur during this event and motorists should consider alternative routes to avoid the area if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation (DDOT) encourage motorists to expect increased pedestrian traffic around this event and to exercise caution.
Graham Mink has been sent back down to Hershey and Keith Aucoin (who has been lighting it up in Hershey) gets his first look in the Capitals sweater.