June 18th, 2016 – Traffic, Parking, and Safety Guidelines

Please visit the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism Special Events Alert for information on events in downtown this weekend. For a google map with all street closures and parade routes, click here. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.



Rhode Island Pride hosts their annual Festival & Illuminated Night Parade culminating on South Water Street in Downtown Providence.

More Info | Entertainment | Parade Route Street Closures



WaterFire Providence, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on three rivers in downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s Renaissance.

More Info | Street Closures



We expect heavy traffic around the downtown area. For parking tips and information on where to park please click here.


Need to catch a bus? For the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) schedules and up to date info please click here.


Download the PVD311 Application in the Apple iTunes store or on Google Play for Android to stay up to date on street closures and traffic information, click here for more info.


Download CodeRED or sign up for CodeRED alerts to stay up to date on AMBER Alerts, notifications of hazardous incidences, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, and severe weather alerts. For more info visit: www.providenceri.com/PEMA/codered


If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to the Providence Police at 401-272-1111.

What is Suspicious Activity?

Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle is parked in an odd location, a package/luggage is unattended, or other out-of-the ordinary situations occur.
  • Eliciting information: A person questions individuals at a level beyond curiosity about an event’s purpose, operations, security procedures and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: Someone pays unusual attention to an event, facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of an event, building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements, counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc.

Some of these activities could be innocent- it’s up to law enforcement to determine whether the behavior warrants investigation. To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed, including:

What to do if you spot suspicious terrorist activity if you see suspicious behavior


Take note of the details: (SALUTE)

S– Size (Jot down the number of people, gender, ages, and physical descriptions)

A– Activity (Describe exactly what they are doing)

L– Location (Provide exact location)

U– Uniform (Describe what they are wearing, including shoes)

T– Time (Provide date, time, and duration of activity

E– Equipment (Describe vehicle, make, color, etc. license plate, camera, guns, etc.)
*Providence Police Telephone Number: 401-272-1111*