Saturday’s road closures and traffic detours


Historic City News has received word from the City of St. Augustine concerning temporary road closures and projected congestion areas for this weekend’s Christmas Parade and Grand Illumination/British Nightwatch ceremonies.

The St. Augustine Christmas Parade
Start time: 10:00am
Finish time: 11:30am (approximately)

Parade Route
Start at the Mission Nombre de Dios
South on San Marco Ave., S. Castillo Dr. and Avenida Menendez
West on Cathedral Place
North on Cordova St. to end at Visitors Information Center

Detour Route starting at approximately 9:15am
King St. will be two-way
Eastbound on King St. will turn south on Avenida Menendez or cross Bridge of Lions
Westbound across the Bridge of Lions will proceed westbound on King Street
Northbound on Avenida Menendez will turn west on King St.
Southbound on San Marco Ave. will turn west on San Carlos to U. S. 1.

Congested area
Traffic along San Marco Ave. south of May St. will be very congested after 7:30am.
Public is advised to avoid the area unless involved with the parade.

The Grand Illumination/British Nightwatch
Location: St. George Street & the Plaza
Start time: 7:30pm
Finish time: 9:00pm (approximately)

Parade Route (walking)
Start at Government House
Circle Plaza (King St. to Charlotte St. to Cathedral Place)
North on St. George St.
West on Cuna St.
North on Spanish St.
East on Orange St. to City Gate
South on St. George St to Government House.

Street closure and traffic interruptions
St. George St. between Cathedral Place and King Street. will be closed during the event.
Intermittent traffic interruptions will be necessary on Cathedral Place and King Street in the vicinity of the Plaza and on Orange Street in the vicinity of the City Gate.

Congested area
Pedestrian traffic around the Plaza will be heavy throughout the event and along the parade route. Public is advised to avoid the area unless involved with the parade.

Photo credit: Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire

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