The 57th Annual Christmas City of the North Parade takes place this Friday at 620 pm. Last year was the first time I wasn't a part of it in some way shape or form. This year I will be walking along with my youngest son Sam while he dances with his group.

Last year was the first year for the new parade route which began at the Fitger’s Complex and continued along Superior Street. The Parade will follow the same route as last year, which will be a new route for me, every year I have been a part of the parade we lined up on Railroad Street and proceeded by the Amsoil Arena over the Lake Ave Bridge and took a left on Superior Street.

The route will take 13 blocks of Superior Street, from 9th Avenue East to 4th Avenue West. The Parade moves up to 9th Ave E for the start, continues West along to Superior Street to 4th Ave W where the Parade units disperse onto Michigan Street.

 

This year take advantage of free parking after 5 pm in most areas. Here is a list of places that you can park from nncnow.com

SUGGESTED PARADE PARKING:

Shoppers Auto Park—18 N. 2nd Ave West
Fourth Avenue Auto Park—402 W. Michigan Street
US Bank Ramp—230 W. Michigan Street
Tech Village Ramp—10 E. First Street
1st and 1st Lot– 123 East First Street
Medical District Ramp—302 E. First Street
Fitger’s—600 E. Superior Street
Phoenix Parking Lot—98 N. 4th Ave West
St. Luke’s Hospital Ramp—1020 E. First Street
St. Luke’s Employee Parking Lot—119 N. 12th Ave East

 

The parade usually lasts two hours, so traffic should return to normal then.