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Cavs fans crowd into Cleveland before sunrise

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -

Crowds of Cavalier fans were streaming into downtown Cleveland long before the scheduled 11 a.m. start of the parade being held to recognize the team for winning the first big time sports championship for the city in more than fifty years.

The parade, featuring 60+ floats, the Ohio State marching band, and the champion Cavs, will depart from Quicken Loans Arena at East 6th St.  

From there the team will move north to Huron, west to Ontario, and south to Carnegie before turning onto East 9th Street.

The ensemble will then travel down 9th street and end near the convention center at Malls B-C where a rally will be held.  

The parade will be streamed live on wfmj.com.

Workers have constructed a stage on Mall B, where an hour long program honoring NBA champs is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather in the city for the championship parade.

The uptick in traffic headed to the city brings about the need for increased traffic management.  Ohio State Highway Patrol in Canfield says it, as well as other units from the Mahoning Valley, Lisbon, and Warren posts will be sending units to Cleveland to help with traffic control tomorrow.

For those driving to the city, the Cleveland Division of Parking Facilities says that all available city lots will be open, but they will likely fill up quickly.

The city also offers free parking at its Rapid transit train stations on Triskett, Brookpark, Puritas, Farnsleigh, and Green Roads.  Trains there operate every ten minutes and run to Tower City.  

Cavs fans planning on making the trek should also plan for various street closures and parking bans throughout the city.  

The following street closures will be in effect until 9:00pm:

  •  Huron Road at West 2nd Street
  • Huron Road at West Superior Avenue (local access only).
  • Ontario Street at Prospect Avenue, southbound.
  • Huron Road at Prospect Avenue
  • Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at West 20th Street
  • Orange Avenue at East 14th Street
  • Sumner Court at East 14th Street
  • Erie Court at East 14th Street
  • East 3rd Street between Superior and Rockwell
  • Rockwell from East 6th Street to Public Square
  • Prospect Avenue at East 14th Street 
  • Prospect Avenue at Huron Road east of East 9th Street, westbound
  • Euclid Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
  • Euclid Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
  • Chester Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
  • Walnut Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
  • Vincent Avenue at East 6, eastbound
  • Superior Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
  • St. Clair at East 12 Street, westbound
  • Lakeside Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
  • Lakeside Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
  • St. Clair Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
  • Superior Avenue at West 3rd Street (local access only)
  • Superior Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
  • Commercial Hill at Canal (local access only)

  
The following parking bans will also be in place until 9:00pm:

  • East 9th Street in its entirety
  • Vincent Avenue in its entirety
  • Walnut Avenue in its entirety
  • Huron Road from 800 Prospect Avenue to Ontario Street
  • Huron Road between Prospect Avenue and Euclid Avenue
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street (both sides of the street)
  • Sumner Avenue and Erie Court from East 14th Street to East 9th Street
  • Bolivar Road from East 7th Street to East 14th Street
  • Prospect Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street
  • Chester Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
  • Superior Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
  • Rockwell Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
  • St. Clair Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
  • Lakeside Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
  • East 6th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
  • West Prospect from West Superior Avenue to West 2nd Street
  • West 2nd Street between West Prospect Avenue to West Huron Road
  • West Huron Road from West 2nd Street to west Superior Avenue
  • East 12th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
  • East 13th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
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