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May 23, 2013
Traffic and parking tips for Thursday's Kings rally downtown


If you are one of the thousands of purple bleeders expected to descend upon Cesar Chavez Park tonight to celebrate the Kings staying in Sacramento, here's some essential information that will help you navigate the closed streets and crowds:

Where's the rally? Cesar Chavez Park: 924 J. St. Sacramento, 95814

When does it start? 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.

Cost: It's free.

SNAPSHOTS: Look for The Sacramento Bee's Snapshots photographer at the rally. See all the crowd galleries at

What streets are closed? The city announced on Wednesday that Ninth Street between I and J streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday to accommodate the rally.

Where should I park? Limited street parking is available near the park. However, there will also no parking on the west side of 10th Street from I to J; the south side of I Street from Eighth to 10th; the north side of I Street from Ninth to 10th; the north side of J from Ninth to 10th; and the south side of L Street between 11th and 12th.

How about parking garages?

You can try the parking structures located on 10th Street between J and I streets or the Sheraton Grand parking structure near the corner of J and 13th streets. There are also smaller private lots in the area.

But maybe you want to avoid the crowds, park farther away and walk? If so, the city lists Downtown Plaza garages on Third and L streets, Fifth and J streets, Sixth and L streets, Sixth and J streets and Seventh and K streets, as options. (Here's a link to the City of Sacramento's list of off-street parking).

But yes, there will be tons of traffic, so if you're driving, you will want to arrive early. Hiking, biking and walking are also options, as if public transportation.

Who is going to be there? Mayor Kevin Johnson, new Kings owners (including Vivek Ranadive, Raj Bathal and Mark Mastrov) former Kings players (Chris Webber, Mitch Ritchmond, Scot Pollard, Bobby Jackson, Tyreke Evans and Isiah Thomas) as well as broadcasters Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds, superfan Carmicheal Dave, Slamson, Kings dancers and others.

Who's performing? "Glee" star Chord Overstreet with country singer dad Paul, rapper, Alex Johnson, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon and performance painter David Garibaldi.

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