Taking kids to the Warriors Parade - 510 Families

Taking kids to the Warriors Parade

overhead view of the Warriors Parade in 2017

Thanks to the City of Oakland and the NBA for the details and images on this topic.

On Tuesday, at 11 am, a victory parade for the Golden State Warriors will start at 11th and Broadway in downtown Oakland, and unlike other years, there will not be a rally outside the Convention Center at the end, but rather exciting moments along the parade route.

Early riser? Good! BART and the streets will be jam-packed, so come early. In fact, the City of Oakland will be ready for you to begin lining up for the rally as early as 6:30 am.

Map of the Warriors Victory Parade Route

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Pick up cheer cards from Visit Oakland

The visitor's center in Jack London Square will distribute cheer cards that read “Strength in Numbers” while supplies last.

What to do if you lose your child at the Warriors Parade

Organizers suggest that you ask uniformed personnel for the location of the nearest reunification point:

  • 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (next to City Hall) — 1st Floor Lobby, Security Desk
  • Oakland Public Library (Main), 125 14th St — Oak St. entrance, Children’s Room

Tips for Riding BART to the Victory Celebration

Thanks to BART for sharing advice on navigating the commute.

The Lake Merritt BART Station will be in the epicenter of the celebration so it’s best to avoid it. We strongly suggest taking BART to either 12th Street or 19th Street stations in Oakland. They are bigger and they’re right along the parade route so you’ll have more elbow room. They will also be your best options for starting your trip home.

  1. Be patient, it's going to get crowded; busiest hours in 2015 were 8am-10am
  2. Use 19th Street Station, avoid the much smaller Lake Merritt Station
  3. Buy a Clipper card (clipper.com) in advance to avoid extremely long lines at ticket machines
  4. Look for tables with cash only $15 Clipper card sales at 10 of the busiest BART stations
  5. Parking will be packed; think about taking the bus or walking to BART or getting dropped off
  6. “Permit” spaces in parking lots are for permit holders only, a citation will ruin the fun day
  7. When boarding trains, move to the center of the car so more can fit, remove backpacks
  8. Don't jam a train door- it will take the whole train out of service and everyone will boo you
  9. Some trains may not stop at Lake Merritt if the Rally Zone has reached capacity or crowding
  10. BART service will not match the published schedule, so listen carefully to announcements

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Check the BART website for updates.

What to bring to the Warriors Parade

  • Sunscreen, hats, water, and your blue and gold!
  • Bag restrictions at the rally site are as follows:
    • No bags larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″
    • All bags, including backpacks and purses, are subject to search
  • Signs and banners are permitted under the following guidelines:
    • They do not obstruct sightlines at the parade or rally
    • Dimensions do not exceed 18″ x 18″
    • No obscene or inflammatory language

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