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Warden Message: EuroPride Parade in Warsaw

The U.S. Embassy Warsaw is posting this warden message to advise U.S. citizens living and traveling in Poland of some new event-specific information.

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw would like to inform you that the annual EuroPride parade is scheduled to take place in Warsaw on Saturday, July 17, 2010, starting at 1:00 p.m.  We expect it to be well attended by marchers from all over Europe, and some streets along the parade route will be closed.  Law enforcement officials plan to step up the number of officers along the parade route to prevent any violence and are prepared to respond quickly if necessary.  Polish police anticipate counter-demonstrations and possible clashes in an attempt to disrupt the march, possibly through violent means.  The police may respond to disruptions with tear gas and arrests. 

The parade route will begin at Plac Bankowy,  go down Marszałkowska, Aleje Jerozolimskie, Nowy Swiat, Aleje Ujazdowskie, Aleje Szucha, and back up Marszałkowska to finish at Plac Konstytucji.  Many streets along this route will be closed to accommodate the movement of the parade participants and will reopen once the parade has passed.  Here is a link to the exact parade route.

The Embassy’s Regional Security Office recommends avoiding the areas of the parade route, including in front of the U.S. Embassy on Aleje Ujazdowskie, if you do not intend to take part in the march. If you plan to attend the event, or may be near it, you should use extra caution, avoid walking alone in those areas, or depart the area if you see any indication of conflict.   Even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable, and you should avoid them if at all possible.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the local news media.   

You can get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where you can find the Worldwide Caution and current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  If you don't have Internet access, you may call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

The U.S Embassy in Warsaw is located at Al. Ujazdowskie 29/31 (tel: +48-22-504-2000) and is open to the American public Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., excluding Polish and American holidays and the last working Friday of each month.  Appointments may also be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  In the event of emergency only, you may contact the Embassy duty officer after hours at 22-504-2000.