Parking and Access

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Parking and Access

There’s plenty of parking throughout downtown and easily accessible from various points. While some of our downtown garages offer free parking, there are many, low-cost parking lots available throughout Downtown.

Remember to come Downtown early to beat the traffic crunch! Coming downtown early also helps you avoid the traffic rush that begins around 3:30 PM. Please review all of your parking options at www.FortWorthParking.com – search, “PARADE OF LIGHTS.”  The free parking garages will fill quickly.

Expanded Bus Service from Farrington Field (Parade Day Remote Parking)

Farrington Field Parking and Bus Service (Lancaster Street entrance east of University Street) with limited service starts at 2:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM from Farrington Field($4.00 round trip, exact fare required). The Bus Stop is located on Lancaster Avenue, on the north side of the parking lot.

Expanded bus service with more frequency and larger buses starts at 3:15 PM on Route 7 ($4.00 round trip, exact fare required). Service terminates at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) only two blocks from the southern end of the Parade Route.  Parking at Farrington Field is free.

For stress free boarding, be sure to download the GOPASS app for easy access on and off and to cover your fare before you arrive to park. The last bus will depart at 10:00 PM.

For more information on all FWTA routes and times for Sunday, please visit http://www.fwta.org/parade-lights-attendees-can-ride-bus-train/

Trinity Railway Express (TRE)

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) WILL be running this year, a courtesy arrangement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and DART Transit. Service on Sunday will be on a special schedule found here: http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/paradeoflights.html.

Regular TRE rates apply. Please visit www.trinityrailwayexpress/events.org for more information

2017 Downtown Traffic

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in downtown early to avoid traffic congestion. Streets and highway ramps, including Spur 280 from Interstate 35, will begin to close as early as 4:00 p.m. Please note that due to Parade Route configuration for 2017, Belknap Street, Henderson Street and North Main Streets will remain open to traffic during the parade. Weatherford Street from Henderson Street to Throckmorton Street will close at 12:00 Noon for staging purposes.

Determine where you would like to sit along the route, and then approach from that direction into Downtown.  Try to stay on the side of your viewing area and do not attempt to drive all the way through Downtown to get to your seats.  Come in FROM that side.  There are plenty of streets accessing Downtown, and you do NOT have to come in Spur 280.  Use the attached map to to help you plan your arrival into Downtown, and turn off your GPS unit.

There are great parking areas in each of the quadrants of the Downtown Parade Zone. DO NOT PARK AT BAGGED METERS. More parking information available from www.fortworthparking.com.

2017 Parade of Lights Street Closures:

11/19/17 Weatherford Street Henderson Commerce North and south lanes 6:00 AM 11:59 PM
11/19/17 Weatherford Street Henderson Commerce Full 12:00 Noon 11:59 PM
11/19/17 2nd Street Henderson Taylor Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 1st Street Henderson Burnett Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Burnett Street 2nd Street Weatherford Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Cherry Street 3rd Street Weatherford Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Florence Street 3rd Street Weatherford Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Taylor Street 3rd Street Weatherford Full closure 6:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 9th Street Commerce Houston Full closure 7:00 AM 10:30 PM
11/19/17 Houston Street 11th 9th Because 9th will be closed 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Houston Street Weatherford 9th Street East and west lanes 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Commerce Street Weatherford 9th Street East and west lanes 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 1st Street Main Commerce Full closure 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Main Street 8th Street 9th Street Full closure 9:00 AM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 3rd Street Houston Commerce Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Main Street 2nd Street 5th Streets Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 4th Street Commerce Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Houston Street Weatherford 11th Street Full closure 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
11/19/17 Commerce Street Weatherford 9th Street Full closure 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
11/19/17 9th Street Commerce Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 1st Street Calhoun Commerce Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 1st Street Houston Main Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 2nd Street Calhoun Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Main Street 4th Street 8th Street Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Main Street Weatherford 2nd Street Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 5th Street Calhoun Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 6th Street Calhoun Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 7th Street Calhoun Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 8th Street Calhoun Throckmorton Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM
11/19/17 Throckmorton 2nd Street Belknap Full closure 4:00 PM 9:00 PM