New route for Festival of Lights Parade

EAST PEORIA - If you plan on attending this year's Lights Parade, you might have to rethink your location. Officials have announced that the Festival of Lights Parade route will see a change this year, including a new ending location.

 

The 2017 parade will start at the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane, continuing down its traditional route. The route will change once the floats reach the corner of Washington and Taylor Street, turning right onto Taylor Street continuing along Taylor in front of Central Junior High School, and will end on Taylor, and Springfield Road.

 

The new route will offer additional spectator parking, including handicap parking at CJHS, East Peoria Community High School, and at the Fon Du Lac Park District Administration Office.

 

“We realize the downtown area had a lot of people watching the parade but there were other areas along the route with less spectators,” said Festival Chairman Doug McCarty. “a major reason for the change was the number of state highways running through the city that had to be closed for that parade. Keeping route 116 open will help with overall city traffic flow… and reduce the number of detours. This new route is also a more efficient use of city resources.”

 

The new Route will allow for overnight handicap parking, so long as the vehicles are properly tagged.


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