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11/29/2018 - Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Bangor on December 1st

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2018


Contact:         Tracy Willette, Director of Parks & Recreation

                        (207) 992-4497



Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Bangor on December 1st


BANGOR, MAINE – This Saturday, December 1, 2018, is the annual Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Bangor, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bangor. 


The parade will begin at 4:30PM on Exchange Street in Bangor and proceed through Downtown Bangor and end in front of Davenport Park on Main Street.  The route will follow Exchange Street to Harlow, turn onto Central Street, continue along Central Street to Main Street and continue on Main Street to the end at Davenport Park.  Parade floats and participants will continue along Main Street to Railroad Street eventually ending at Front Street to disembark.


Parade floats and participants will start to form along Exchange Street at 2:00PM.  Motorists should anticipate delays and street closures in this area.  Closures along the parade route area will begin at 4:00PM and motorists should expect delays in these areas as well.  Summer Street will be closed to traffic at the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, but traffic will be allowed to access the Joshua Chamberlain bridge to Brewer.   Inbound Main Street traffic will be diverted onto Summer Street.  State Street from Broadway will also be closed.


The annual lighting of the City’s Holiday Tree in West Market Square will immediately follow the parade.


“The downtown area will be a busy place Saturday,” said Tracy Willette, Director of Parks and Recreation.  “We ask motorists, shoppers, and parade spectators to be cautious and aware as they take advantage of the many great activities happening.”



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