Annual Parade of Lights to impact RTD bus, rail service in downtown Denver

RTD is planning detours and other service adjustments to several bus routes and rail lines this weekend to accommodate the annual 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver.

The Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The annual parade features illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, marching bands, traditional equestrian units and vibrant cultural displays. While some RTD routes will be affected by the event, the agency’s bus and rail services are a great option to reach this marquee holiday parade.

The parade will assemble at 14th Avenue and Bannock Street and will travel through downtown Denver along Tremont, 17th, Arapahoe, 15th and Glenarm streets.

Customers using routes affected by the event should allow extra time for delays and detours, which may affect scheduled connecting bus and rail trips.

Impacts to bus service:

  • Routes 0, 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 15L, 16, 19, 20, 28, 38, 43, 44, 48, 52 and the Free MallRide
  • Bus detours are expected to last from 5 to 8 p.m.

Impacts to train service:

  • Rail lines D, H, L
  • The D and H lines traveling to downtown Denver will end service at the Theatre District●Convention Center Station one hour before the start of the parade
  • The light rail stations at both 16th and 18th streets on Stout and California streets will be closed during the event
  • The L Line will not be in service beginning one hour before the parade until after the parade clears; customers are encouraged to consider using bus Route 43 as an alternative service
  • Rail service will be impacted from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Normal service will resume as crowds clear

For more information on planned detours and service adjustments, visit the RTD Service Disruptions webpage or call Customer Care at 303-299-6000.

Check the RTD website before you travel for schedules and to plan your trip.

Per federal mandate, a mask is required while riding on or waiting for RTD vehicles, including while outside on agency property.