Belleville gears up for 2023 Santa Claus parade: Road closures and traffic advisory

A map illustrating road closures for the upcoming Santa Claus parade. – Belleville police photo

As the holiday season approaches, Belleville is bustling with preparations for the annual Santa Claus Parade set to kick off on Nov.19. Anticipated to draw crowds from all corners of the city, the parade promises a festive spectacle for community members of all ages.

Scheduled to commence at 4:30 p.m. sharp, the parade will embark on its merry journey from Bridge Street West at Sidney Street, starting from the Quinte Exhibition Grounds and making its way eastward along Bridge Street until reaching the Bayview Mall.

Road Closures and Traffic Disruptions

To accommodate the parade, road closures will commence at 2:30 p.m., affecting specific sections primarily along Bridge Street West and Sidney Street. Motorists are advised to take note of the closures to ensure minimal disruptions to their travel plans.

  • Bridge Street West between Palmer Rd and Yeomans Street
  • Sidney Street between Catherine and Leland Avenue

The procession, officially commencing at 4:30 p.m., will prompt a gradual movement of road closures eastward along Bridge Street, impacting various segments along its route. Estimated timelines for closures are provided, although organizers caution that unforeseen circumstances may alter these schedules:

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Bridge St West between Palmer Rd and Highland Ave
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Bridge St West between Highland Ave and Pinnacle St
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Bridge St West between Pinnacle St and MacDonald Ave
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Bridge St West between MacDonald Ave and Singleton Ave

Normal traffic flow is expected to resume by approximately 8 – 8:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the parade. However, the outlined timelines are subject to change based on various factors influencing the procession.

No Parking Zones and Emergency Routes

Drivers are strongly advised to refrain from parking in designated areas along Bridge Street to avoid penalties. Starting from 4:30 p.m. until the parade’s conclusion, the following locations are designated as no-parking zones:

  • Bridge Street between James Street and Church Street where parking spots are available
  • Any vehicle obstructing the parade route on Bridge Street

Strict enforcement will be in place, with vehicles parked in these zones subject to ticketing and towing.

Emergency routes for essential services such as Police, Fire, and Paramedics have been established to ensure unhindered access during the event, safeguarding emergency response capabilities for the community.

Community Cooperation Appreciated

The Belleville Police Service extends its gratitude to the community for their patience and cooperation during the anticipated traffic disruptions. Their understanding and support contribute significantly to the smooth execution of the Santa Claus Parade while ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all attendees.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly, considering the outlined road closures and parking restrictions, to revel in the magic of this annual celebration without inconvenience.

For further information or updates regarding the parade and associated traffic advisories, residents can refer to the official city communication channels or contact the Belleville Police Service.

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