If you're looking to be a part of history, you're going to want to set your alarm. The city of Cleveland will be hosting the Cavaliers' parade and rally on Wednesday morning, starting at 11 a.m., and is expecting roughly 800,000 fans to be in attendance.
According to multiple outlets the parade, which will feature over 60 floats and the Ohio State marching band, will begin near Quicken Loans Arena and will travel east on Carnegie Avenue, north on E. 9th Street and then West on Lakeside Avenue, ending outside of the Cleveland Convention Center near Mall B where a one-hour rally will take place. There are also multiple reports surrounding crews setting up a stage at the north end of Mall B that will allow the thousands of Cleveland fans to fill in the grass-covered area that sits between the city's skyscrapers and the lakefront.
With the Indians having a game on Wednesday evening and multiple street closures until 9 p.m., the downtown area of Cleveland is expected to be littered with fans from the early portions of the morning until past sundown. Though temperatures are expected to be an accommodating 70 degrees with sun, transportation, parking, and restroom facilities will understandably be headwinds. Cleveland's RTA is offering a commemorative $5 All-Day pass to allow easier entry and exit from the city.
For comparison purposes, nearly 100,000 fans tailgate during the Cleveland Browns' Opening Day each year. Wednesday's parade is expected to feature nearly eight times as many people. Come early, come hydrated, come ready to celebrate history.