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Please Plan Ahead for Traffic Impacts on #MayDaySea 2017

Monday is May Day, which means you’ll see a large crowd winding its way through the Central District and downtown Seattle throughout the day as police escort demonstrators from the May Day: Veteran Anti-War Formation and El Comité May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights through the city.

The first event of the day, the May Day: Veteran Anti-War Formation, will leave the Garden of Remembrance at 2nd Ave and University at 8:45 AM Monday. The march route is south on 2nd Ave, east on James St, east on E Cherry St, south on 23rd Avenue to Judkins Park.

The Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights  rally begins at Judkins Park at 11 a.m. followed by a march from Judkins Park to Seattle Center at 1 p.m. The march route is via S Jackson St, 12th Ave, Madison St, 6th Ave, Denny Way, 5th Ave N and will end at Seattle Center.

Considerable congestion will likely occur and impact traffic throughout Downtown. Please allow for extra time in traveling throughout the city on Monday.

There is also the possibility several other un-permitted demonstrations may be held during the day and 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 the day’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.