Parade and Clydesdales for Annapolis Military Bowl this weekend

The Military Bowl is coming to Annapolis this weekend and kicks off with a parade the whole family will love featuring the renowned Budweiser Clydesdales.

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats will face off at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the annual Military Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31 at noon. The Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO and other organizations supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families.

New Parade Route:  The parade begins at 9 a.m., led by the Budweiser Clydesdales. Due to construction at College Avenue and Bladen Street, there is a new parade route this year. The parade will take the following route: Begin at Dock Street at City Dock; Left onto Randall Street; Right onto Main Street; Right onto Church Circle; Right onto West Street; Right onto Calvert Street; Left onto Northwest Street which turns into Rowe Boulevard; Left onto Taylor Avenue; and end at stadium. There will be a rolling street closure controlled by Annapolis Police throughout the course of the parade. Roads will open immediately as the parade finishes its course.

The parade is expected to take about an hour and a half for all the units to move from City Dock to the stadium. Roads along the route will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m. and will open on a rolling basis as the parade progresses to the stadium.

No parking will be allowed at City Dock or along Main Street. Parade spectators are encouraged to use the free Circulator Shuttle running to and from the Park Place Garage. This will be available to anyone who doesn’t want to walk between the field and the garage. The Weems Whelan Field parking lot off of Spa Road will be reserved for handicap parking only during the early event. Parking will be FREE in Park Place Garage ONLY from 2 p.m. on Monday, December 31, until Tuesday, January 1, at 2 a.m. Standard rates will apply at the other three city-owned garages – Hillman located off Main Street, Gotts located on Northwest and Calvert streets, and Knighton off of West Street.

Special Note: Online Prepay for garages: Visitors can now reserve parking online at city garages - Noah Hillman, Gotts Court, and Knighton. Visit annapolisparking.com, navigate to the garage of your choice, and select "Buy Daily Parking.”

Remember! Two FREE Circulator shuttles will run from 2 p.m. Monday, December 31 until 2 a.m. on January 1. From 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Circulator Shuttle will provide a continuous route between Park Place and Maryland Hall (Chase Street) to offer transportation for the children’s event at Weems Whelan Field. The other Circulator run its normal route until 6:30pm. After 6:30 p.m. both Circulator Shuttles will be dedicated to the Park Place-Church Circle loop.

HELPFUL HINT: Download a free app that enables you to track the Circulator’s location in real-time and get estimated arrival times for upcoming stops. The mobile app is available in both iOS and Android app stores at no charge. Simply download the app named “RLS Shuttle” and select “Annapolis Circulator” to start tracking the shuttle.

Maryland Avenue Shuttle: Visitors in garages this holiday season can hail a free, electric shuttle to the boutiques and restaurants on Maryland Avenue and State Circle. Simply call  443-370-7504 to quickly and conveniently hail the shuttle run Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. through Monday, December 31st.

For more information and to order tickets for the Military Bowl, go to militarybowl.org, and continue to check www.annapolis.gov for updated information on all game-related events.

If you can't make the parade Monday, consider going to the Miracle on Annapolis Street festival on Sunday Dec. 30, where there will be plenty of family fun and opportunities to see the Clydesdales.

 

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