City designates parade route for marches during DNC

City designates parade route for marches during DNC

City designates parade route for marches during DNC

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by STEVE HARRISON / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

The designated parade route during the Democratic National Convention will begin in Pearl Street Park just outside of Interstate 277 and end at Marshall Park, the city of Charlotte announced Monday.

After starting at Pearl Street Park, the parade route will go along Baxter Street before taking a right turn on South McDowell Street. Marchers will then take a left on East Stonewall Street and a right turn on South Caldwell Street. The route then turns right on East Third Street, where it ends at Marshall Park.

Up to six marches a day will leave every 40 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the city said.

In a news release, the city said the parade route will have a “view” of both Bank of America Stadium and Time Warner Cable Arena – the two main venues for the convention.

The city plans to hold a lottery for parade permits and for participating in a free-speech zone, or “speaker’s platform” as the city is calling it.

The city began accepting applications Monday at DNCinfo.charlottenc.gov. Applications will be accepted through June 27.

A lottery will be held July 2 at 2 p.m. to randomly assign times through Sept. 4-6, the days of the DNC.

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