What to know about Houston Astros World Series championship downtown parade

Cheer on José Altuve as he hoists the trophy. Photo by Steven Devadanam.

The Houston Astros have clinched their second World Series title in five years and since the Saturday, November 5 win, nearly all of Houston has been celebrating.

Now, tens of thousands are expected to scream for the team on Monday, November 7 at the official World Series Parade downtown.

Fans can catch the 1.7-mile parade starting at noon at Preston Street and Smith Street and will run to Tuam Street and Smith Street.

City officials ask attendees to arrive early and to take advantage of ridesharing agencies, Houston METRO, or even carpool. To that end, METRO rides will be free all day on Monday.

Please take advantage of METRO," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. "I ask that everyone be on their best behavior. Showcase the best of what this city is all about. It's our turn to be appreciative and celebrate them."

Rideshare locations include:

  • Roast Square Memorial Park
  • Allen's Landing
  • Eleanor Tinsley Park
  • Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Those attending should pack drinks and water and plan for a long, warm day.

Meanwhile, CultureMap news partner ABC13 urges fans to utilize its real-time traffic map — find it here.

Many local school districts including Houston, Fort Bend, Alief, and more are closing on Monday — with one notanle exception, Katy. Astros superstar Alex Bregman lobbied the district to let the kids attend on Twitter.

For lucky fans are attending — many have lined up seats as early as 5:30 am Monday — it's a chance to root, root, root for the home team that brought them a title.

"The fans support us. And seeing that place erupt was spectacular," Astros owner Jim Crane said regarding Saturday's win. "Have a safe day and enjoy the championship."

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