Road closures planned for Festival of Lights parade

Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Holiday cheer will be spread around the Queen City this weekend with the annual Festival of Lights parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony at West Market Square on Saturday, and police want the public to be aware of road closings.

The parade staging area is on Front Street from the area of the Sea Dog restaurant to Railroad Street, and the parking lots on Summer Street may also be used, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a news release.

The parade route is as follows: Railroad Street to Main Street, through downtown Bangor, winding onto Central Street, then to Harlow Street and onto Exchange Street, where it will disband.

The parade will start at 4:30 p.m., so Main Street from Railroad Street to Hammond Street, along with Central, Harlow and the downtown section of State and Exchange streets, will all be closed to traffic.

Once the tree-lighting ceremony is complete, spectators will be ushered behind ropes before the start of the parade.

Traffic crossing the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge from Brewer into Bangor will be diverted to Washington Street, as the intersection of Main and Union streets will be shut down.

No parking will be allowed on Main Street downtown and on Central, Harlow and Exchange streets after 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade is expected to last about an hour and a half and consists of 75 floats, according to Edwards.

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