By RACHEL BERMAN, NBC NewsNew York, Maryland, USAUpdated May 29, 2019 07:13:53When we think of “A Day With No Fears” and “Aday Without A,” what comes to mind?
A simple answer: a day without a parade?
On Saturday, May 19, the parade will be back.
The parade will once again take place in front of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a symbolic step in the process to restore the nation’s parks and historic sites to the public.
For the first time in a decade, the national parade will take place at the White House and the Capitol.
It is expected to draw thousands of people.
But for those who want to join the parade for a day, the process isn’t so simple.
The parade, which was held during the summer of 2019, was held in the White Stands at Fort McHenry on the South Lawn of the Capitol, which overlooks the National Park.
It was one of the few days that no one from the parade could be seen.
For many years, the White stands were designated as the White house grounds for the event, and people would parade to it during the day.
This year, however, the steps at the South Park are inaccessible and there is no view of the White Houses grounds.
The only place to see the White houses grounds is the White Plains Memorial Association, which is located at the Capitol steps.
The National Park Service says it is “working to address” the issue.
For those who can’t visit, they can still get involved by visiting the National Parks Facebook page or by calling the park service hotline at 202-514-3900.
“There are still a number of issues we have to resolve,” said National Park spokeswoman Ashley Ebert.
“But our goal is to restore visibility for the National Capital Park, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods, to our citizens.”
The National Capital Association has been working to re-establish the White-Plains Memorial Association steps for the past year, Ebert said.
This year, it will work with the White Street Association to reroute the parade through the National Guard Armory and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History to the Capitol Steps.
The White-Stands Association also is working to restore some of the steps to their historic significance, Ebertsaid.
There is also an issue with the National Historic Preservation Act that requires the White Capitol steps be restored to their former glory, said Matt Prewitt, who works as a spokesman for the White Plains Memorial association.
He added that there are “many” people who will still be able to walk the White Park Lawns, but the steps will not be accessible.
“If you can’t see the steps, there’s still the White steps,” Prewett said.
“So if you are looking for the steps that are at the front, they’re not there.”
The parks service is working on a fix for the problem, Prewit said.
For this year’s event, the service will be re-directing the parade, but it will not have access to the White Palace Steps, Praveet said.
Prewitt said the park will “not be reopening until we can restore the White plains steps to a proper historic condition.”
He also said the National Guardsmen will have to make their way through the crowds to the National Museum.
“The Park Service will be able and willing to provide security and provide the necessary resources to support those who are in the crowd, but unfortunately we can’t open up the National Memorial steps until the White plaque is restored,” Praveett said in an email.
“We need to make sure that we are ensuring that the public is safe and that the National Capitol is not closed for the duration of this event,” Ebert told NBC News.
“We need the public to have a chance to get in and have a seat.”
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