Based on anticipated attendance, arriving early and using public transportation and alternative modes of transportation are highly encouraged. Transportation options include Metrorail (blue and yellow lines) from the King Street station, water taxi, Capital Bikeshare, taxi and free DASH buses, which run from 6 a.m. to midnight. Throughout Saturday, the free King Street Trolley (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) will run a modified route from the King Street Metro to the Lyceum (201 S. Washington St) and back until 10 p.m.
If you do drive, plan to park a fair distance from the parade locations. Find a map of garages on the City of Alexandria’s parking page and avoid driving in the parade zone. $5 parking is offered from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 44 Canal Center, courtesy of Canal Center Plaza.
Find additional details on road closures and the community impact around Scottish Walk and the Boat Parade.
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