Monday, November 24, 2014


Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

Traffic Advisory for abingdon kiwanis christmas Parade

The Abingdon Kiwanis Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 6th. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. however, street closures will occur earlier to allow the parade to line up.  Be alert for pedestrians and prepare for detours, delays and officers directing traffic.
          It is advisable to leave at least an hour earlier than planned, to insure that you reach your destination on time. Above all, be prepared to wait. Traffic will be heavy and there will be a large number of pedestrians in the downtown area.  Officers deployed for this event have certain priorities, the first of which is pedestrian safety.  Yelling at the officer, honking your car horn, or trying to initiate conversation with officers standing in the street is not advised
          Officers are in place for the safety of those attending the parade, including themselves. They are not personal escorts or valets. Traffic will be too heavy for officers to answer questions from each passing car, while avoiding traffic coming from the opposite direction.

Street closures will occur on the following schedule:

·         East Main Street will be closed from Hutton Street to Court Street from 4:00 p.m., until the parade concludes.
o   Motorist needing to access this area of East Main Street should use exit 17 from Interstate 81 to access East Main Street.
·         East Main Street from Court Street to Cummings Street will be closed to traffic at 5:45 p.m. to clear the parade route.
o   Motorist needing to access the Barter Theatre, Barter Stage 2 or the Martha Washington Inn before 5:45 p.m. should plan to arrive prior to that time.
·         West Main Street from Cummings Street to Route 19 will be closed to eastbound traffic at 5:45 p.m.
·         Westbound traffic from Court Street to Route 19 will be allowed to use West Main Street until the parade approaches from

Drive safely and have a great experience in downtown Abingdon.


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