Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade coming Saturday

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 08:05 PM

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade is Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., at the Morehead Planetarium on East Franklin Street.

Sponsored by the Jaycees and the Town of Chapel Hill, the parade is expected to end around noon at Carrboro Town Hall on West Main Street.

A Chapel Hill favorite with a rich tradition, the parade will feature marching bands, business leaders, youth groups and floats decorated with a creative flair.

It will be broadcast by The Peoples Channel from in front of The Franklin Hotel.

Town officials expect more than 10,000 people to line Franklin Street and Main Street in Carrboro to view the parade.

Chapel Hill Transit will implement detours due to street closures.

East Franklin Street between Henderson and Boundary streets will close from 8 a.m., to noon for the parade lineup.

A rolling closure along the parade route, East Franklin Street westward towards Carrboro’s Main Street, will go into effect at 10 a.m.

Traffic may be delayed or detoured during the parade.

Also, street parking along East and West Franklin Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon, when the parade is expected to wrap up. Towing will be enforced, so town officials are urging residents and visitors to keeping those areas clear of parked vehicles Saturday.

Parking is always free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill, but this holiday season parking will be free at all municipal lots on Saturdays as well.

For more information about parking locations, visit the Downtown Partnership’s website: www.downtownchapelhill.com/parking.

For more information, contact parade@chapelhilljaycees.com or 919-809-2241 or visit www.chapelhilljaycees.org/Parade2012/Parade2012.htm.