Now the fun really begins. After Pike/Pine revelers needed a little coaxing to get into the street during the first trial run of the E Pike pedestrian zone, local drag performers should have no problem drawing people off the sidewalks this weekend.
The second round of Capitol Hill EcoDistrict’s street closure pilot program starts Saturday night and will include an earlier start and performances through the evening. Vehicle traffic will be blocked on E Pike between Broadway and 12th Ave from 8 PM to 3 AM, however 10th and 11th Avenues will remain open to traffic.
The night’s festivities will start with a free street yoga class at 8 PM put on by SweatBox Yoga. Owner Laura Culberg said mats and athletic clothing would be optional for the beginners level session.
The main event starts a 9 PM with the Grand Diva Deluxe drag show performed on a stage just outside The Wildrose. Here’s the rundown from host Jackie Hell:
You won’t be the only drag queen on E Pike St this night! The lineup includes some of Seattle’s finest, including: Tony James, AKA Freckles Riverside, of New Noise Productions (the King of F’ing with Burlesque). RainbowGore Cake, the 12 year old, drag superstar. Shelli Kountz, bringing you Drag King realness. Ade, the sultry singer we all love. Honey Bucket, Pac Highway’s hottest Ho.
Amplified sound will end by 10 PM. The programming will then shift gears into more “calming” performances that could include human statues,
mimes, and acoustic musicians.
SDOT cameras have been recording the scene around E Pike as part of the pedestrian zone study. We wonder what they’ve seen! (Image: CHS)
Last month, the City installed video cameras along E Pike in order to complete a pedestrian count study of the Pike/Pine core, including during the pedestrian-only trials. Seattle Department of Transportation officials tell CHS the cameras are “strictly” for counting purposes (unlike the cameras federal agents quietly installed in the CD last month).
Data from the study won’t be ready until next month, according to a SDOT spokesperson. A handful of interns will be responsible for painstakingly counting each pedestrian captured on hundreds of hours of video, though we’re sure they’ll catch some interesting moments to make the time go by.
The success of the E Pike pedestrian zone could go a long way towards making the EcoDistrict the next big thing on Capitol Hill. EcoDistrict representatives recently went before City Council members to tout their successes since launching in 2013 and to discuss their tackling even bigger neighborhood projects in the near future.
Here are car/parking details for Saturday night:
No parking will be allowed on E Pike Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and the east side of 11th Avenue 150 feet north of E Pike Street, from 6PM until 3AM. The following left turn lanes will be closed from 8PM to 3AM: -Southbound Broadway at Pike -Northbound 12th Avenue at Pike Closure details: Three blocks of E Pike Street will be closed to vehicles from 8PM Saturday until 3AM Sunday Parking on E Pike Street will be closed between Broadway and 11th Avenue starting at 6PM Saturday
For more information visit capitolhillecodistrict.org