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May Day 2016

Update: SPD Detectives are investigating acts of vandalsim and violence commtted on May Day and are asking anyone with photos, video or other information to contact police at (206) 233-2666 or


Sunday is May Day, which means you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle during the afternoon and evening as part of the annual El Comité May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights.

The rally will leave Judkins Park—at 20th Ave S. and S. Dearborn Street in the Central District—at 3 PM and head toward the Federal Courthouse in downtown Seattle. The marchers will move north on 20th Avenue South to Jackson Street; west on Jackson to Boren Avenue; north on Boren to Broadway and on to Pike Street; east on Pike Street to 12th Avenue, and then north on 12th to Pine Street; west on Pine Street to 7th Avenue; and north on 7th to the Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

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Seattle Police will escort the marchers throughout the duration of the permitted event, and motorists should expect a rolling slowdown and heavy traffic as the procession moves along the route.

There is also a permitted concert, the Solidarity Music Festival, scheduled to take place at Westlake Park from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, according to the organizers.

Considerable congestion will likely occur and impact traffic throughout Downtown. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will also be closed May 1st, which may cause additional traffic congestion in, and around the downtown core.  Please allow for extra time in traveling throughout the city on Sunday.

There is also the possibility several other un-permitted demonstrations may be held during the evening. As the organizers of these events have not filed for permits with the city, there is no official route map for these rallies.

The @SeattleDOT and @SeattlePD Twitter feeds and Alert Seattle will provide updates throughout the day on any traffic impacts or other significant incidents. A large number of uniformed officers will be present at Sunday’s rallies to direct traffic, ensure everyone is able to freely and safely exercise their First Amendment rights, and prevent or respond to any unlawful behavior.As always, please contact an officer or call 911 if you have any concerns or need to report an emergency.