The main events for the grandest festival in the City of Pines is in a few days. For those who are planning to witness the Panagbenga 2019 Grand Street and Float Parade personally, the first thing you should know is where the performers and the floats will pass so you can decide the best vantage point for your Panagbenga experience. Below is an interactive map to help you navigate the routes for the Grand Street Dance and Grand Float Parade this coming weekend.
Grand Street Dance Parade
The Grand Street Dance Parade on Saturday, March 2, 2019, will start at Panagbenga Park, then will go down the whole stretch of Session Road. After that, the performers will parade along Magsaysay Road and will do a U-turn along the Y Shape area or Center Mall Area. They will then proceed to Harrison Road and then pass via Jose Abad Santos Drive and Lake Drive to proceed to their end point at Athletic Bowl where they will be performing their entry.
Grand Float Parade
On Sunday, March 3, 2019, the colorful floral floats will start their parades along the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and then will go down Session Road. Once the floats reach the bottom of Sessioon Road, they will pass in front of the Maharlika Complex then to Harrison Road. The floats will do a U-turn in front of the Social Security System (SSS) then traverse the other side of Harrison Road before going to the Melvin Jones Grandstand and Football Grounds where they will be displayed throughout the duration of Session Road in Bloom for everyone to appreciate and take pictures with.
What time will the parade start? What time should I go there?
Parades are set to start at 8 in the morning, assuming there won’t be any delays. However, if you’re planning to watch it and you want to get a good vantage point, it pays to go as early as you can so you can pick a good spot. Some spectators would go there as early as 4 in the morning to avoid traffic while some camp out the night before to secure their spots. That’s how much they want to be in the front line of the parade routes.
Where’s the best place to watch the parades?
Speaking of good spots, the best places you can watch the parades are the spots where the street dance performers would stop and perform their entries. One good place to watch is along the start of the parade PNR (in front of Yes Pho) mainly because the dancers are at their highest energy. Another good vantage point is in front of the Post Office or in front of BDO Luneta Hill because they also stop there to perform. If you’re willing to wait, you can pick any good comfortable spot along Harrison Road. The parade will be easy to see because of its flat terrain.
What roads will be closed during the parades?
To pave way for the Grand Street Dance and Float parade, numerous roads will be closed to traffic aside from the main parade route. Because of this, the BCPO traffic unit released a comprehensive traffic advisory which includes re-routing schemes, control points, no parking and parking areas, and important reminders for motorists and commuters. You can check out the Panagbenga 2019 traffic advisory here for your reference.