Downtown Dallas girds for 250,000 at Mavs parade

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 15 at 12:45 AM

DALLAS — It's one of the biggest celebrations ever in Dallas — the Mavericks victory parade.

Dallas police Chief David Brown is not ruling out a shutdown of access into downtown if too many fans show up.

"That will be my call — when we get to that capacity, what type of vehicle traffic can get downtown, what type of pedestrian traffic can get downtown to where it becomes unsafe, and we have to make that call to shut down access to downtown," Brown said.

Downtown Dallas Inc. doesn't think a shutdown will be needed.

"The ebb and flow of people into and out of town, and based on the preparation by DPD and others, allows us not to let that happen," said John Crawford, president and CEO of the organization.

But to ease the situation, judges at the George Allen Courts building on South Houston Street are being asked to postpone trials scheduled for Thursday.

More than 1,000 employees work at Neiman Marcus downtown. The store's general manager, Shelle Sills, ordered windows changed for the occasion, and asked employees to support the celebration.

"We have sent maps out, let them know where the parade route's going to be, and basically telling them to wear blue to support the Dallas Mavs — and leave early."

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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