DALLAS — Getting Dallas ready for the Mavericks victory parade on Thursday morning is no small task.
Preparations began Wednesday for erecting 22,000 feet of barricades. If the fencing were put end-to-end it would cover more than four miles.
There were hints along the route that the parade is coming.
One indication hard to miss: Dallas police started setting out portable observation towers along the route.
Police say they are just among many elevated vantage points employed to watch the crowd and those who could cause trouble.
Also along the route, the Streets Department set out barricades at some 60 intersections, an indication of how much downtown traffic will be affected.
“We were dropping barricades at specific locations designated by DPD that they will use then to set up closures tomorrow,” said department spokesman Ben Cernosek.
Streets workers also loaded up special trucks with more barricades, cones and signs for quick dispatch to traffic trouble spots that may pop up.
The parade route will ultimately look similar to the 1999 parade for the Dallas Stars afer they won the Stanley Cup.
Interlocking steel fencing will hold fans back at curbside.
“What people will start seeing about 3 or 4 in the morning, the barricades will start being set up, the porta-potties will be delivered, and that kind of activity will start happening in the wee hours of the morning,” said Dallas city spokesman Frank Librio.
The city said there will be 160 portable toilets along the route on Thursday.
Fans can line up at 7 a.m., and affected streets will close at 8:30, the city now says.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and it is expected to last for one hour.
The city is discouraging fans from camping out overnight; just arrive early and stay cool.