The Greater Sudbury Santa Claus Parade will be held downtown Saturday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m.
With that event, there's some things motorists should be aware of, Greater Sudbury Police Service advises.
Hours before the parade begins, the Traffic Management Unit will be closing and/or controlling lanes of traffic and several roads to ensure the safe movement of parade participants and citizens attending this year’s parade.
Assisting with traffic control will be members from the Greater Sudbury Police Auxiliary Unit, the Ontario Provincial Police, CP and CN Police, North Shore Search and Rescue volunteers, Citizens on Patrol and students from the Police Foundations and Criminal Justice Association programs at Cambrian College.
Motorists should be aware of the following lane and road closures:
- Southbound lanes on Notre Dame Avenue will be closed between Kathleen Street and Ste. Anne Road at 1 p.m.
- Notre Dame Avenue northbound between Elm Street and Leslie Street will be closed starting at 4:45 p.m. and will remain closed until all pedestrian traffic has cleared the parade route.
- The downtown core will be closed to vehicle traffic between 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. The neighbourhood area contained by Kathleen, Davidson, College and MacKenzie Streets will be open to local traffic only.
- Brady Street between Paris Street and Douglas Street will be closed for a little over one hour shortly after the commencement of the parade.
Parking will be free at all municipal parking lots on Nov. 19. Parking will not be permitted though on any street along the parade route — Elm Street, Durham Street, Minto Street and Elgin Street. Vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
The Murray Street area will be used by EMS, Fire Services and Sudbury Transit as an alternate route and parking enforcement will take place to ensure the safe passage of these services’ vehicles.