Cavs Championship Parade Itinerary
You'll be here for the party. Here's what else you can do to keep the celebration going.
By Lexi Hotchkiss and Heather Tunstall
It's happened. The Cavaliers are the first team since 1964 to bring Cleveland a championship, and this year's squad is the first in the Cavs' franchise history to win it all. Not to mention, they made history by coming back from a 3-1 deficit and beat the team that had the most wins in a regular NBA season ...on their home turf. And, when our star player is the one and only hometown hero Lebron James, well, things get even more personal. We cried. We hugged strangers. We fell to our knees and thanked the stars, higher powers, and King James himself. That’s why joining the locals to celebrate at the championship parade is pretty much an only-gonna-find-it-here kind of experience.
So, consider a visit to CLE to help us congratulate the Cavs on a historic season. And, while you’re at it, turn that one insane day into a rather epic extended adventure. Here’s how:
Day #1: The Parade
Morning: Head Downtown early to find a place to set up. Bring water and food with you and plan on hanging out in that area for quite a while. If you can, utilize the RTA public transportation options, walk, bike, or use an Uber/Lyft/Taxi to avoid having to try to navigate the traffic or find a parking space. Trust us, that's not something you want to deal with.
Evening: Celebrate with the rest of the city at one of the many Downtown bars and restaurants. Just make sure to get there early and plan on standing in line. This is an unprecedented event, and the crowds will be huge. But that's all part of the fun! Bring your sense of humor (and a few snacks to keep you from getting hangry while waiting).
Late night: If you can score a spot, head up to the rooftop of The Greenhouse Tavern for awesome views of the East Fourth Street crowd and the lit-up city. Can't get to it? Try the rooftop bar Azure for an alternate angle.
Day #2: The recovery
Breakfast: Consider a hearty breakfast at Hot Spot Cafe to soak up the previous day's libations.
Lunch: You thought you knew a grilled cheese sandwich, but with one look at the menu at Melt Bar & Grilled, you’ll have to re-think that idea. Might we suggest the Parmegeddon? We wouldn’t lead you astray – promise. 14718 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, 44107, 216.226.3699, www.meltbarandgrilled.com
2pm: At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, journey through the storied history of a genre that changed the face of music forever. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 44114, 216.781.7625, www.rockhall.com
6:30pm: Make your way to the hustle and bustle of the emerging East Bank of The Flats for an Italian dinner at the trendy Lago. 1091 West 10th Street, East Bank of the Flats, 44113, 216.862.8065, www.lagoeastbank.com
8pm: One of the newest spots to catch some tunes is the spacious Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of The Flats, which boasts a not-too-shabby view of the Cuyahoga River. 1148 Main Avenue, West Bank of the Flats, 44113, 216.242.1250, www.musicboxcle.com
Afterwards: Off the hubbub of East Fourth Street, through a hallway and down a set of stairs you’ll find a bonafide speakeasy called Society Lounge. Society boasts hand-crafted cocktails in a place where “hats are never worn inside and a door is always opened for a lady.” 2063 East Fourth Street, East Fourth Street, 44113, 216.781.9050, www.societycleveland.com
Day #3: Extending the stay
11am: Whether you score aces on the regular or just like post-game beers, the Cleveland Metroparks offers eight golf courses for duffers of all levels. Head to Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, rated by Golfweek as the best municipal course in Ohio and the 14th best course in America. 9445 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, 44141, 440.526.4285, www.clevelandmetroparks.com/golf
4pm: In 1988, two brothers opened Ohio’s first craft brewery called Great Lakes Brewing Co. Today, the Ohio City brewing brews over 150,000 barrels annually. Take a tour of the eco-friendly facilities. 2516 Market Ave., Ohio City, 44113, 216.771.4404 x218, www.greatlakesbrewing.com
5pm: Ohio City is quickly becoming a craft beer-lover's paradise. One such oasis is Nano Brew, which churns out small-batch brews and some killer burgers. 1859 West 25th Street, Ohio City, 44113, 216.862.6631, www.nanobrewcleveland.com
7pm: Patrons to JACK Casino Cleveland range from high rollers to the mildly curious all looking for that bada-bing-bada-boom win. Located on Public Square Downtown, the casino has 1,600 slot machines and 125 table games spread over several floors. 100 Public Square, Cleveland, 44113, 216.297.4777, www.jackentertainment.com/cleveland
Late Night: Continue the party with a couple of pints from the oh-so-Irish Flannery’s Pub on the always-happening East Fourth Street Entertainment District. 323 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, 44115, 216.781.7782, www.flannerys.com