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Festival of Lights Parade Information 

Catherine Pegram

Hundreds of people are expected to pack downtown Bangor Saturday for a holiday tradition. The annual Festival of Lights parade features a visit by Santa and the lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree in West Market Square. Nearly 70 vehicles and floats will pave the way for the Jolly Ol’ Elf.The parade starts at Railroad Street and runs down Main Street. Then it follows Central Street to Harlow Street and ends on Exchange Street. Parking will be not be permitted along the route beginning at 2:30 p.m. Main Street will be closed at 4:15 p.m. and the parade steps off at 4:30 p.m.For more specific information regarding road closures and detours, please read the information below from the Bangor Police Department.BANGOR POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELEASE:The Festival of Lights Parade and tree lighting ceremony at West Market Square will be held on Saturday, December 4.The parade staging area is on Front Street from the area of the Sea Dog restaurant to Railroad Street. The parking lots on Summer Street (across from the former car dealership) may also be used. The route is as follows: Railroad Street to Main Street (through downtown) to Central Street (wrong way) to Harlow Street and onto Exchange Street where it will disband.Parade/Road Closure times: 4:15 PM – Main Street will be closed from Railroad Street to Hammond Street. Central Street, Harlow Street, State Street (downtown section/State Street hill) and Exchange Street will also be closed. 4:30 PM – The parade will begin at Main and Railroad Streets. The tree will be lit by Santa Claus himself as he passes by the tree on the final float.Traffic crossing the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge from Brewer to Bangor will be diverted to Washington Street. The intersection of Main and Union Streets will be closed. Parking will not be permitted on Main Street (downtown), Central Street, Harlow Street (near City Hall) or Exchange Street after 2:30 PM on Saturday. These streets will be posted Friday afternoon. The parade is expected to last approximately one hour (approximately 70 vehicles/floats).