Holiday parade prompts downtown traffic detours

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LEWISTON — On Wednesday, Dec. 3, beginning at 6 p.m., the cities of Lewiston and Auburn will host the annual holiday “Parade of Lights” and the lighting of Christmas trees and a menorah.

The event will take place on Longley Memorial Bridge and the downtown areas of Lewiston and Auburn, which means these areas will experience traffic congestion for about an hour while the parade proceeds from the Platz parking area in Auburn to Kennedy Park in Lewiston, according to a news release from the Lewiston Police Department.

The parade will leave the parking lot and proceed onto Turner Street, crossing Court Street onto Mechanics Row, turn left on Main Street and stop briefly at Festival Plaza for the lighting of Auburn’s Christmas tree.

The parade will then proceed across Longley Bridge into Lewiston, turn right onto Lisbon Street — traveling against normal traffic flow — and then left on Pine Street before disbanding in Kennedy Park, where Lewiston will host the remainder of the event with a tree- and menorah-lighting.

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Horse-drawn wagon rides will also be using roadways in downtown Lewiston in a block radius around Kennedy Park and Lisbon Street. Large crowds of people are expected to participate, and motorists are urged to plan ahead and seek alternative routes.

Lewiston police suggest motorists can bypass the downtown by using East Avenue to Russell Street, Sabattus Street and then Webster Street and crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge to connect with Center Street in Auburn.

Those who are traveling to the event should use Ash Street from Sabattus and Webster streets to the municipal lot across from the post office. Vehicles traveling into the downtown will be rerouted into neighborhoods and should expect delays.

Vehicles heading into Auburn should use the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge.

During the event, portions of Main Street and Lisbon Street briefly will be impassible, and police urge motorists to be patient.

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