By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons are being honored today for their recent performance in the Little League World Series with a parade down Broad Street.
The event steps off at 2 o’clock this afternoon, a few blocks from City Hall, and heads south on Broad Street to a stop at the Kimmel Center for a classical salute from the Philly Pops.
Then, it’s another stop at Broad and Washington Streets, where the Mummers will treat the team and coaches to a performance.
Finally, the procession will end up at FDR Park for a tribute from fans and the city.
Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says despite the timing, the city expects a good turnout.
“There’s probably more Philadelphians at the Jersey shore right now than there are in the city,” Gillison says, but I think that whoever is there will have the fun and take part in this. I think we’ll get thousands of people out.”
Gillison says the rolling parade won’t tie up traffic for long in the city and most of the expenses are being covered by donors.
“As far as any real costs, we have great partners that have been coming in and they’re donating quite a bit,” he says. “So, we do not believe this will have any significant cost whatsoever to the city. Just a lot of good will and a lot of people working together.”
The Taney Dragons were the first team from Philadelphia to reach the Little League World Series.
KYW Newsradio 1060 will have live updates from the parade route and the lastest on traffic detours.
SEPTA detours for the parade:
Beginning at 1:30pm, SEPTA Bus Routes 17, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 124 and 125 will be detoured from their normal Eastbound routings on Market Street between 20th Street and City Hall. The detours will remain in effect on these lines until the parade turns onto South Broad Street.
Beginning at 2:00 pm, SEPTA Bus Routes 4, 16, and 27 will be detoured from their normal routings on South Broad Street. These detours will remain in effect until the parade has cleared South Broad Street. Specific route detour information is available on the System Status Page athttp://www.septa.org
Surface travel delays through Center City should be anticipated. Travelers may want to consider using subway travel on the Broad Street Line or Market-Frankford Lines. Peak schedules on both lines provide train service every 4 to 7 minutes. Starting at 6:08 p.m., three Broad Street Line “Sports Express” service trains are scheduled to operate from Fern Rock Station to AT&T Station for the 7:05 Phillies Game. If needed due to capacity, additional express trains will be dispatched between Walnut-Locust and AT&T Stations.
Passengers can receive up-to-date transit information by visiting www.septa.org, calling 215-580-7800, on social media @septa_social and by downloading the free SEPTA Apps available for Apple and Android devices.
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