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Yes about the fences, if I could go back in time I would have not gone father east than the monument. We walked over that way and then aftwewards there was a fence along 14th st so we could not exit that way. The only exit was somewhere on the south side (the north being compleately closed for the parade) and was approximatly a 3 foot wide space between two jersey barriers. I tried to walk over a barrier to relieve some crowd pressure and a member of the national guard made me go back and wait to exit ten feet over in the 3 ft opening. None of the officers working knew where the people were supposed to exit so try to find out this information beforehand – do not assume that anyone there will be able to help you with anything.
We ended up having to walk south and then around the outside of the tidal basin to go up 17th to get back to the bike valet on the other side of Penn Ave.
So dress warm and be prepared to be outside for a long time.