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Bangor police offer folk festival traffic, parking information

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Members of the Marshall Ford Swing Band perform outside at Pickering Square in Bangor on Thursday, August 23, 2012 as part of the 7th annual Outdoor Market and Cool Sounds Free Concert Series. The Austin, Texas based western swing band is in town for this weekend's American Folk Festival and can be seen on the Penobscot Stage at noon on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — In anticipation of this weekend’s American Folk Festival, which starts Friday evening at the Bangor Waterfront, the Bangor police have announced what motorists can expect in terms of street closures and parking availability.

The 2012 American Folk Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 24-26, and if past years are any indication, tens of thousands of people will be on hand.

In anticipation of the three-day celebration of traditional music, dance, crafts and more, the following streets will be closed: Railroad, Front, South, Pleasant and May, from Summer to Front streets, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

While they are visiting Bangor, festival-goers can park in legal on-street spots, at Bass Park and at the Pickering Square Parking Garage, Edwards said.

Event hours are 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s festival kickoff parade will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Broad Street, near Infinity Federal Credit Union. Since it travels only on the festival grounds, it will not affect traffic on Washington Street, he said.

The lost-and-found area will be located at the information booth at the festival’s Railroad Street entrance, Edwards said.

For information call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382, ext. 5896 for the special events mailbox.

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