BERLIN — The Town of Berlin is asking parade participants, parents and residents to be mindful of a parade route change and new traffic patterns for this year’s Christmas parade on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
The parade route will be reversed this year to begin at the Berlin Welcome Center and Main Street and will travel north through town. Main Street will be closed from the railroad at North Main Street down to Worcester Preparatory School.
The line-up of entries will be along South Main Street beginning at the Welcome Center down to Buckingham Lane. Bands are required to drop off students at Stephen Decatur Park where buses will then travel back and park at Berlin Intermediate School for pick up after the parade. Bands will be located for line-up at Stephen Decatur Park. South Main Street is for parade entries only.
Parents may drop off students to access their line-up numbers at Buckingham Elementary School via Buckingham Lane or West Street or Stephen Decatur Park via Route 113 and Tripoli Street where they must walk to their line-up position. Each group of participants will be given a staggered line-up time to help alleviate bottlenecks beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Overflow parking can be found at Berlin Intermediate School where a shuttle is available to take attendees to downtown Berlin beginning at 5:45 p.m.
All streets along the parade route will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m.