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Fredericksburg Christmas parade - what you need to know
Traffic, parking and parade-watching tips for the Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade.

Date published: 12/2/2010

The Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade is Saturday in downtown Fredericksburg.

No street parking will be allowed Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Caroline and Princess Anne streets between Lafayette Boulevard and Amelia Street.

Also, no parking will be allowed on the following side streets in between Amelia Street and Lafayette Boulevard, and between Caroline and Princess Anne streets: William, George, Hanover, Charlotte and Wolfe streets.

Vehicles must be moved before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Vehicles left parked on the street will be towed at the owner’s expense, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department.

The police department has had to tow vehicles every year, according to Natatia Bledsoe, police department spokeswoman.

The Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. The parade starts at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center at 706 Caroline Street. It continues on Caroline Street, Amelia Street, and Princess Anne Street to Wolfe Street, where it ends at the post office.

The police department shared additional tips for parade-goers:

Plan to park a short distance away.

There is generally ample street parking in the vicinity of Maury Stadium. Attendees can park and walk into downtown to find a location along the parade route.

Be careful not to park in a private lot. Look for signs restricting parking.

Do not block driveways or fire hydrants.

Take your time leaving after the parade.

Last year, inclement weather on the parade night led to multiple car accidents as people left swiftly, according to Bledsoe.

The National Weather Service has forecast a 30 percent chance of snow showers Saturday evening in the Fredericksburg area, with a low of 29 degrees.

Expect traffic congestion and delays before, during and after the parade.

Be alert for pedestrians and lots of children.

- Compiled by Kelly Hannon