Austin police are reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic and street closures downtown on Saturday for the 2016 Austin Pride Parade.
Various closures will be in place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the city’s largest parade event.
- Congress Avenue between 4th and 11th streets will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. and will last through 11 p.m.
- Fourth Street from Congress Ave. to Guadalupe Street will be closed during the same time frame
- Westbound traffic on Sixth Street and eastbound traffic on Fifth Street will be allowed until 7:30 p.m.
- APD will begin towing vehicles on Congress Ave. after 4 p.m. Make sure your vehicle is off of Congress by 4 p.m.
Police say cars should be off of Fourth St. between Congress and Guadalupe by 4 p.m. Those not moved, will be towed.
If your vehicle is towed, call Southside Wrecker at 512-441-7094.
The parade will start at the State Capitol at 8 p.m., move down Congress and then march through the Warehouse District on Fourth St. to Republic Square Park. For more information on the festivities visit the Austin Pride website.
Austin police are asking for your patience while finding alternate routes around the downtown area.
In a statement Friday, APD said they have participated in the pride parade since 2007 when they receiving an overwhelming response from the LGBT community. Since then, the department has participated in the parade every year, “with the same level of positive response and interaction with the LGBT community.”
In July, the department rolled out a new patrol car sporting gay pride colors, a week after 49 people were killed in the deadliest ever shooting on U.S. soil at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
The Pride patrol car is expected to make an appearance in the parade on Saturday.