NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee and City of Natchitoches would like festival goers to be aware of the following street closures and safety precautions for the 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
On festival day, the following streets will be open to one-way traffic only:
Third Street from Texas Street southbound to Church Street
Church Street from Third Street westbound to Fifth Street
Fourth Street from Amulet Street northbound to Texas Street
Fairgrounds Road from Rapides Drive westbound to Hwy 1 Bypass
At 5:00 a.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic and barricades will be placed throughout the Natchitoches Historic District to define the gated festival entrance. Armbands will be required for entry into the gated festival area.
At 5:30 a.m., the ticket booths at Church Street and Williams Avenue will be open for the purchase of armbands. All other entrances will open at 6:30 a.m.
At 6:00 a.m., the following streets will close to vehicular traffic:
Jefferson Street from Touline Street to Amulet Street
Washington Street from Texas Street to Lafayette Street
At 9:00 a.m., the following streets will be blocked in preparation for the Mrs. Clause parade:
Amulet Street from Second Street to Fifth Street
Second Street from Amulet Street to University Parkway
At 10:00 a.m., Second Street from Lafayette Street to Amulet Street and Amulet Street from Second Street to Jefferson Street will close to vehicular traffic in preparation for the Mrs. Claus parade. In addition, no public parking will be allowed in the first block of Williams Avenue to East Second Street. This area includes the following streets between Williams Avenue and East Second Street: St. Maurice, Adelaide Street, Sirod Street, Whitfield Drive, St. Clair Avenue, Stephens Avenue and Henry Avenue.
The Mrs. Claus parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Jefferson Street and Amulet Street. The parade will continue along Jefferson Street onto Front Street turning at Lafayette Street and continuing down Second Street. The parade will end at Amulet Street.
At 12:00 p.m., the Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic. All eastbound traffic on University Parkway will be stopped at Boyd Street, and all westbound traffic on Mill Street will be stopped at Airport Road. All parade route barricades from University Parkway north to Lafayette Street will go up in preparation for the Santa Claus parade.
The Santa Claus parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of University Parkway and Jefferson Street. The parade will move along Jefferson Street to Front Street turning on Lafayette Street and continuing down Second Street to University Parkway. At the conclusion of the parade and when foot traffic allows, Jefferson Street and Second Street south to University Parkway will reopen for vehicular traffic. The Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge and University Parkway between Boyd and Mill Street will reopen as well.
At 4:30 p.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all foot traffic and Cane River Lake will close 250 feet south of the last Christmas display (near the Santa Claus House) and 250 feet north of the flag set piece for all boat traffic in preparation of the fireworks show.
At 5:00 p.m., barricades will be placed on Williams Avenue north of Henry Avenue to St. Maurice Lane and at the intersections of East Second Street with Stephens Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Whitfield Drive, Sirod Street and Adelaide Street to mark the fireworks safety zone. Foot traffic will be prohibited in this area once the barricades are in place.
The fireworks show will begin at 6:00 p.m. over Cane River Lake. At the conclusion of the fireworks and once the all clear has been given by the Fire Department, the Church Street Bridge and all streets outside of the gated festival area will reopen.
For more information or the latest updates on the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, please visit www.NatchitochesChristmas.com.