Do’s and don’ts to attending the Broncos parade

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DENVER -- If you’re planning to attend Tuesday's Broncos Super Bowl parade, there is a list of do’s and don’ts you should know before you go.

First, pack your patience.

“History tells us this will be a big event and there will be a lot of people,” said Jenny Schiavone, director of citywide marketing.

Second, leave the car at home. Parking will be scarce, and RTD is adding light rail and bus trip trips to accommodate the crowds.

“Get down here early, plan to stay late,” Schiavone said.

Most streets in and out of downtown will be shut down right after the morning rush hour. And if you want to snag a front-row seat to the parade, be willing to walk. The crowds should be thinner along the middle of the parade route down 17th Street.

However, if you want to catch the rally at the end of the parade, you’ll need to snag a spot closer to Civic Center Park. It’s next to the City and County Building where the rally will be held.

As for parade no-no’s?

Leave the chairs, backpacks, coolers, marijuana and alcohol at home. If you bring them, you’ll be asked to leave.

“Essentially, think of it as what would you bring to a football game if you were going to Sports Authority Field,” Schiavone said.

It’s a risk most die-hard fans don’t want to take, especially fans traveling hundreds of miles to attend the rally.

Taylor McQueen is driving more than 600 miles from her college in Pittsburg, Kan., to be in Denver.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said. “It’s a 10- to 12-hour drive and my friends all thought I was crazy, but it will be well worth it.”

Fans in Denver also need to check with their school districts if they want to take their children to the parade. Most schools are not canceling classes. However, some districts, like Denver, are allowing excused absences.

Even if you’re not planning to attend the parade, bus and rail routes in the area will be affected. RTD has a full schedule and map.