Early Morning Masses
Catholics are invited to begin the day (September 23) in prayer. Prior to the parade, eight churches around the National Mall will celebrate 6 AM morning Masses. Pilgrimage details and registration can be found here.
On Wednesday morning, September 23rd, after leaving the White House, Pope Francis will travel along 15th Street, NW, Constitution Avenue, and 17th Street, NW. Participants are invited to line the streets on the Ellipse and the National Mall to cheer on Pope Francis as he drives by in the Popemobile. Access to the secured site will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Security gates will open for the Ellipse and the National Mall at 4:00 AM and will close at 10:00 AM. No one will be admitted into the area after that point in time. Once inside the perimeter, attendees will not be allowed to leave and re-enter. To travel to the Parade area, participants are encouraged to use the Metro. Learn more here.
Opportunity to Watch the Day’s Events
Immediately following the Parade, around 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, the celebration will continue with participants gathered to watch continuous live coverage, videos, and commentary on Pope Francis, including his address to the U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, pre-Mass commentary, and the Mass of Canonization for Blessed Junipero Serra. After the parade participants are allowed to bring signs, chairs, food, and drinks into the area following National Park Service guidelines.
A Concert to Honor Pope Francis
The celebration continues with an 8pm concert at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to learn more.
Full Schedule for Wednesday, September 23:
4:00 AM—Security opens at the Ellipse and the National Mall
6:00 AM—Morning Masses begin at eight churches near the National Mall
10:00 AM—Security closes at the Ellipse and the National Mall
11:00 – 12:00 (Approximate) —Parade
12:00 PM – Post-parade continuous coverage of Pope Francis begins
4:15 PM—Papal Mass live-stream is scheduled to begin on the National Mall