More than 15,000 Hawkeye fans will line the streets of Downtown Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, for the annual University of Iowa Homecoming Parade.

The parade will begin at 5:45 p.m., but expect street closures, parking restrictions and changes to the City’s transit routes earlier in the day.

Traffic in the Downtown area will be heavy beginning around 3 p.m. as parade entries and attendees arrive. Commuters and other drivers who do not plan to attend the parade are advised to plan ahead and find alternate routes out of Downtown to help avoid delays. 

Parade Route

The parade will begin at the intersection of Washington and Gilbert Streets, proceeding west on Washington Street, then turn north on Clinton Street, east on Jefferson Street, south on Dubuque Street, then east on Iowa Avenue, and finish where Iowa Avenue intersects with Gilbert Street.

Map of UI Homecoming Parade.

Street closures

At 4 p.m. on Friday:

  • Van Buren Street, between Market and College
  • Johnson Street, between Market and Burlington
  • College Street, between Van Buren and Dodge
  • Washington Street, between Gilbert and Dodge
  • Iowa Avenue, between Gilbert and Dodge
  • Jefferson Street, between Gilbert and Dodge

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday:

  • Clinton Street, between Market and College
  • Dubuque Street, between Jefferson and Washington
  • Washington Street, between Clinton and Gilbert
  • Iowa Avenue, between Clinton and Gilbert

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday:

  • Gilbert Street, between Market and College
  • Jefferson Street, between Madison and Gilbert

Most streets will reopen immediately following the parade around 7:30 p.m., but Clinton Street, between Washington and Jefferson Street, and Iowa Avenue, between Clinton and Dubuque Streets, will remain closed for the Homecoming Coronation and a concert on the Pentacrest. 

Construction Impacts

Gilbert Street

Construction is currently happening on Gilbert Street, between College and Washington streets, with various land reductions. Parade spectators are encouraged to avoid this area and seek a different route. 


Parking will be impacted on parade day. 

No parking

No Parking signs will be placed along the parade route and inside the staging area, with some set up as early as noon. Others will be implemented at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Vehicles parked in no parking areas will be towed.

Watch closely for these signs to avoid tickets and towing, which will begin as early as 12:30 p.m.

Owners whose cars have been towed will need to obtain a vehicle release from the Iowa City Police Department, City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.

Parade impacted parking ramps

Tower Place Parking Ramp, 335 Iowa Ave., will close at 5 p.m., no longer allowing vehicles to enter or exit. Vehicles need to be out by 5 p.m. or risk having to stay until the parade ends.

People parked in the lower level of the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 452 E. College St., will need to exit on the south side through the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center parking lot.

Spectator parking

All City of Iowa City parking ramps, except Tower Place, will be open and operate normally during the parade. Ramps near the parade route fill up quickly, consider parking in the Harrison Street ramp, 175 E. Harrison St.

Spectators can also pay for parking with their smartphones, by downloading the PassportParking app. Use it wherever PassportParking signs are displayed, including on and off street spaces, and inside the Chauncey Swan and Harrison Street parking ramps.

Accessible parking and seating

An area near the intersection of Jefferson and Clinton streets, on the Pentacrest side of the street, has been set aside for accessible seating. Vehicles picking-up and dropping-off spectators who plan to use this area, may be able to park adjacent to the closed section of Jefferson Street, located west of the intersection, and Clinton Street, located north of the intersection, as space allows. 


Iowa City Transit will make operational changes on Friday to accommodate the parade.

  • Starting at 6 a.m., the bus interchange will move from the intersection of Washington and Clinton streets to a temporary location on Court Street, adjacent to the Court Street Transportation Center between Clinton and Dubuque streets. This change will be in place all day Friday. Normal bus service will resume Saturday.
  • The last Northside shuttle of the day will depart the alternate interchange on Court Street at 2:45 p.m. and will follow its normal route.
  • The last Southside shuttle will depart the alternate interchange on Court Street at 3:30 p.m.
  • The outbound bus stops located at Washington and Linn streets (stop 7200), Washington and Gilbert streets (stop 7201), Clinton and Jefferson streets (stop 7400), and Jefferson and Linn streets (stop 7401) will be closed to bus service all day on Friday.
  • The inbound bus stops located at Mercy Hospital (stop 7443), Market and Linn streets (stop 7206) and Clinton and Jefferson streets (stop 7207) will also be closed.

Customers who normally use closed stops should catch their buses at the alternate interchange on Court Street. Closed stops will re-open on Saturday.

Additional Information

Iowa City Police urge parents or guardians of young children to keep a close eye on them throughout the parade, and keep them within an arm’s length.

For questions about parking and transit, call 319-356-5151. For all other City related questions, contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058 or

For details about the Homecoming parade and other festivities, visit

Date of publication

Tuesday, October 15, 2019