Everything You Need to Know About Thursday Morning's Mavericks Championship Parade

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Photo by Patrick Michels
Mayor Dwaine Caraway points out the exact spot at City Hall Plaza where he and council members will enjoy his winning-bet stone crabs and cigars. Arthur and Archie are not invited.
In a moment we'll get to Patrick's account of what city officials had to say about Thursday morning's Dallas Mavericks championship march through downtown Dallas, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Dallas Convention Center and winds up at the American Airlines Center about an hour later. But the Mavs' Gina Calvert sends some basics, including the route ...
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Don Carter, seen yesterday at Love Field, will participate in Thursday's parade.
The parade will start at the Dallas Convention Center at the intersection of Griffin and Young Streets and head west on Young Street, turning north onto Houston Street, west on Continental and north onto Victory Ave., ending at the corner of Victory Ave. and Olive Street.
... and other info, like when folks can begin lining up (7 a.m., an hour before Dallas Police will close the streets) and who's participating (everyone you'd expect, including team founder Don Carter). Those who can't make it don't have to miss it: FOX Sports Southwest will broadcast live. Calvert also includes this addendum: "At the conclusion of the parade, a special season ticket holder only event will be held inside American Airlines Center. The event will be broadcast on the HD big-screen TV on the AT&T Plaza."

Now, then. This just in from City Hall, thanks to Patrick.

Mayor Dwaine Caraway expects a crowd pushing 250,000: "We cannot stress enough how important it is to come downtown early," he said during a media briefing held on the plaza. He added: Dallas Area Rapid Transit will run trains every 10 minutes, and there will be 50 buses waiting to whisk parade-goers away from the AAC after the wingding.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown then took the podium and said, "One of the things we are celebrating is the class of the Dallas citizens and the way the celebrate. If you plan on coming to downtown Dallas causing problems, we will quickly deal with you."

Brown's biggest concern, he said, is Victory Park itself: Given the massive number expected for the parade into the plaza -- which cannot hold a fraction of a fraction of a quarter million -- Brown said they were cutting off access to and around the plaza once they guesstimated that 10,000 had made their way there. He'll do what he has to keep it "orderly."

DPD, he said, will also live-tweet the parade should there be need to make changes to the plan that's in place. Also: DART cops and Dallas County Sheriff's Department deputies will be scattered throughout downtown to flesh out the force.

As noted since Sunday night, Mark Cuban is paying for the parade -- which Caraway said would have cost the city anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million. Said Jim Oberwetter, president of the Dallas Regional Chamber, "The team owner, in the form of Mark Cuban, handled himself with diplomatic skills we didn't even know he had."

At which point Phillip Jones, head of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, hey, everyone's a winner: He insisted that since Sunday night's win, some additional $15 to $16 million has been spent in the city. Most, no doubt, by Cuban. Drinks for everyone. Mavs Championship Celebration
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Nmlhats
Nmlhats

And what if you don't have cable TV for Fox Sports SW? We have dozens of kids at a summer day camp who want to watch the parade. Is it being streamed on the web and shown on all the local TV channels? I watched the Saints' SB parade live on the web and assumed all the stations here would not only broadcast it, but stream it as well.

Brad Venable
Brad Venable

He insisted that since Sunday night's win, some additional $15 to $16 million has been spent in the city. 

Right. If that number is true, but let's not forget that the NFL (that's National Forensic League) National Speech & Debate Tournament is going on right now in downtown Dallas, so let's give credit where credit is *really* due for the revenue generated. Most of those kids, with their coaches, family, and supporters have been here since Sunday, and many since Saturday. So please, let's not break our arm whilst patting ourselves on the back.

Camille
Camille

What time does it start?

L.H.O.
L.H.O.

The Houston-Continental-Victory route will create the perfect triangulation of fire opportunity.

HRP
HRP

How does a parade cost 1/2 a million or  even get close to a  million .   I just dont even see it costing close to 200,000 Dollars at the most.      I mean to even project that amount for a parade with one team & staff and family. Its not a huge parade like the Thanks Giving Day Parade in NYC.  I would think Cuban being smart enough to  get corporate sponsors to pay  as well.  Lets hope the only ride Cuban gets is from the Parade and not the city of Dallas and the administration lining there pockets. 

Pete
Pete

police overtime from Dallas and other cities.  Port-o-potties.  Set up, Clean up, etc

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

L.A. Spent 1.5 million on one for the Lakeshow.  You just have to add in the costs of O.T. for all the police and fire and paramedics that will be needed for security and health issues, plus Port o potties and trash cleanup afterwards.  He may end up getting some sponsoship dollars to help, but props to Cuban for footing the bill with no questions asked and keeping the cost burden off the city

Guest
Guest

Why is this on a work day??!

G_David
G_David

Why didn't you read the post right above yours?

Ron Kerns
Ron Kerns

Did anyone at all even suggest having this thing on SATURDAY??? Having it on Thursday is going to be very distrupting for the thousands that have to make their way into downtown to WORK! (not to mention those who can't make it because, well, people DO work!).....just thought I'd suggest "the obvious".....

Lewisrose311
Lewisrose311

Ron: the idea is to do it during the week, and not give people time to plan to be there to cut back on the crowd. With school being out, and everyone that will be there NO MATTER what, is the reason why. Also, having it this quickly also keeps others from nearby cities from attending as well. If it were on a Saturday Dallas probably could not hold the people that would be coming from everywhere!

G_David
G_David

Having it on Saturday would guarantee a crowd many times what they expect on Thursday.  Crowd control would be non-existent, which is why every other city does it the same way.

Stacy
Stacy

they did the Cowboys superbowl parade on a weekend in 93....it was DISASTROUS...100 people arrested, 50 injured and 40 reports of looting and vandalism....weekdays are better so fewer people can make it...they're expecting 250,000 ppl.....if it was Saturday that number could easily be doubled or tripled.....Oh and fyi the map only shows the southern most st in downtown being closed...u still can get to work from the East, West and North or park by the Lincoln plaza area of downtown and take the tunnels which u office folks keep complaining that you cant live w/o!!!

Pete
Pete

No they didn't. It was in the middle of the week on a TUESDAY on my freakin birthday - FEB 9.  I remember well, I WAS THERE! 

Hillkimberly44
Hillkimberly44

Yea, but I heard that some of the players dont live in or around Dallas, and they want to go home and be with there family this weekend, dont you think they deserve that much!!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Id bet that Mark Cubans money said to do it thursday so his players could all be to their hometowns by this weekend.

Ron Kerns
Ron Kerns

these kinds of things are almost always on a weekday anyway.....that way they can say they did a parade...and be done with it. Having it on a saturday will almost assuredly guarantee a crowd well beyond what they could handle....

Storm_71
Storm_71

I heard Caraway was going to give the key to the city to Lebron James at the end of the parade for his contributions to the championship.

MattL1
MattL1

I might have taken a slightly different route, but this sounds like a relatively solid plan by City Hall standards.  See some of you suckers there, I suppose...

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Do they really expect 250,000 people to take off work on Thursday morning? I'm not complaining, by any means, but that seems like an unusually large number for a weekday.

Anyway, I think that's a pretty sensible parade route especially since Victory Ave is the deadest and more barren part of Victory Park.

Pete
Pete

over 400k were there for the 1st Cowboys parade of the 90s

Wes Scott
Wes Scott

Maybe a lot of people will have the flu, and be coughing that morning, so they cannot go to work until it passes. Others, like Miami fans, will just choke.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im not taking off a day of work to see it, but Our boss is letting have 2hrs to go see the parade.  We are in downtown so it makes sense for me to go down there, since I will already be down here.  Im sure many other downtown workers will do the same.  I just wish my office was close down to the parade route but oh well.  Looks like I be getting up early to get to work before the street closures tomorrow.

MattL1
MattL1

That number seems high, but I'm not a professional crowd estimator, though I'm interested in what qualifies one for that position.

As for the route, Victory Ave does seem logical in that its deadness allows more space for  parade-goers with the least disturbance to the John_McKees of the world... 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Maybe they can have the parade go across our new bridge and down to the rapids where the can kayak the river over to the solar powered water taxis which will then take them directly over to Victory plaza where we will tell people they cant party there even though we built it for that.  Then all the fans could line the levee to see the mavs and we can have the world see why we are a world class city!!!!

elbueno
elbueno

why the hell aren't they continuing up Houston to the Plaza?? It makes way more sense.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Because going down Houston street between House of Blues, and those apartments is a big field of dirt. although past the ernst and young bldg going north there isnt much for the view, atleast it is paved surface lots...

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

The article says the plaza can't hold more than a few thousand people so the idea is to end the parade outside the plaza. Besides, that part of Houston is the doorstep and valet area for the W Hotel, so good luck getting in and out of there if you have somewhere to be Thursday morning with that street closed.

John_McKee
John_McKee

He insisted that since Sunday night's win, some additional $15 to $16 million has been spent in the city. 

Based on what? I'm being serious, that is a very big number, one that I am sure will be dragged out again when Victory asks for a renewal of their TIF. Is there any hard evidence for that number or was it just pulled out of thin air?

Also, what is going to be the cost of shutting down major downtown streets on a Thursday morning at 8AM? A lot of people have jobs they aren't going to take off of to go to a parade, can I request a check from Cuban for my inconvenience getting to work on Thursday morning?

Dewwy
Dewwy

Yeah, probably pulled out of thin air, because ya know, that's the way journalists are trained and they know it's the quickest way to really get anywhere in the world today. DERP.

Kmb262
Kmb262

go to work earlier   i guess you are a heat supporter  . 

ManyStarrs
ManyStarrs

I am so sorry you clearly have an absence of the deep love for Dallas, Basketball and the Dallas Mavericks.  Bet you would not be so irritable, and sharing your joy, if this was about anything you were passionate about.  Enjoy life, and the special moments, as they come around whenever you look for them.

Marc
Marc

He is probably a fan of the Heat and Queen LeChoke.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I suspect Philip Jones just made up the number and presented it as fact (as there is no way he would have access to any data relevant to making such an estimate).

Nevertheless, I like the idea of a parade, and think the plan looks pretty good.

MB
MB

Wipe your beav dude.

MattL1
MattL1

It looks like the route was designed to keep access open to most of downtown.  A little creative navigation should be able to get you to work without much problem.  

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

You're forgetting that most Collin County residents who work downtown know of only one route to and from work.

Barbara
Barbara

Stick it in your ear, Freddie!  Sick of the Co Co hate mongering here.

freddie
freddie

They certainly don't know how to get to the Arts District - I drive by there every day and they try their stupid, selfish, self-important driving maneuvers -- go back to CoCo, dolts!

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Personally I would love any excuse to go to work late. Quit whining so much and be proud of your city.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

you seem to be rather put out by the entertainment portion of downtown lately, first complaining of loud noise at Victory plaza during game and now the parade?  Its a slight inconvenience thats happened what, 7 times in the history of Dallas, sheesh.  And maybe you shouldnt have moved next to the AAC if the noise was going to bother you

John_McKee
John_McKee

How about you give me your home address and I do this outside at 1AM next Monday morning:

http://youtu.be/L6jGr25_VLg

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Did you not CHOOSE to live next to a large entertainment venue and district?  I didnt, therfore I wont have to worry about such noise, although Im sure if you shut your window and didnt try to hear the noise you would have been alright. 

MB
MB

You chose to live there, dumbass. Stop projecting.

Oh and, wipe your beav.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Just shut your window man and turn your AC up.

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