Blossomtime Parade takes off Saturday

Published 11:15 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

(Submitted photo)

(Submitted photo)

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The Cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph will be hosting the 2016 Grand Floral Parade on Saturday May 7, 2016.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. and road closures in St. Joseph will go into effect at 10 a.m., which includes all masted boat traffic using the Bicentennial Bridge. Traffic entering St. Joseph from the north will be detoured west onto Port St. and then south on Lake Blvd. Traffic wishing to continue south on M-63 will turn east onto Jones St. or continue south on Lake Boulevard for BL-94. Traffic coming from the south into St. Joseph will be diverted at westbound Jones St. and will follow the same route in reverse. The detour will stay in effect until the end of the parade which will be approximately 3:30 p.m.

In the City of St. Joseph, there will be no parking along the following public streets which will start at 6 a.m. Saturday morning and continue until 4:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the parade. Any vehicles parked in these areas will be ticketed or towed.

1. 500 through the 1000 blocks of State Street.

2. 500 and 600 blocks of Market, Pearl, Park, Price and Jones Streets.

3. 700 through the 1000 blocks of Court Street.

4. 700 & 800 blocks of Park, Price, Jones and Hoyt Street.

5. 1000 block of Church Street.

6. 700 through the 1100 blocks of Pearl Street.

For residents and businesses located along Anchor’s Way, please be aware that the Bicentennial Bridge will be closed from 10:00am to approx. 4:00pm on Saturday May 2nd. You will be able to exit the area, however you must head into St. Joseph and follow the detour. Please drive very slow and use caution as emergency vehicles may travel against traffic in these lanes. You will not be able to make entry into this area while the parade route is closed.

Blankets and chairs in the city of St. Joseph will not be allowed on the parade route until 6 a.m. on the day of the parade. Any blankets or chairs placed before that time will be removed and taken to the St. Joseph Department of Public Services located on Broad St. in St. Joseph.