The annual Christmas City of the North Parade begins at 6:25 p.m Friday along Superior Street from North 10th Avenue East to 5th Avenue West.
Parade units will begin lining up at 4 p.m. along London Road between 10th Avenue East and 14th Avenue East, and along the upper side of London Road from 14th Avenue East to 17th Avenue East. The parade then moves up to 9th Avenue East for the start, continues West on Superior Street.
London Road will be closed to vehicle traffic at 4 p.m. from 10th Avenue East to 14th Avenue East, including 12th and 13th Avenue East.
Superior Street and Michigan Street will be closed to vehicle traffic at 5:45 p.m. Vehicles will be allowed to exit Michigan Street lots and ramps, but will be directed down to the 5th Avenue West off-ramp.
The following following parking restrictions will be in effect (violators will be tagged and towed).
. No parking after 10 a.m. at the meters in front of the Pickwick near Superior Street on the east side.
. No parking after noon at the meters on the upper side of Fitger’s Inn
. No parking after 3 p.m. on London Road, both sides, from 10th Avenue East to 14th Avenue East
. No parking on London Road, upper side, from 14th Avenue East to 17th Ave E
. No parking after 4 p.m. on Michigan Street from 5th Avenue West to 4th Avenue West
. No parking after 5 p.m. on Superior Street from 10th Avenue East to 5th Avenue West
The Duluth Transit Authority will use 1st Street for Westbound runs and 2nd Street for Eastbound runs.
Buses will be allowed access to the Duluth Transportation Center on Michigan Street.
Superior Street East bound traffic will be detoured up to 2nd Street at 6th Ave West to continue East bound. West bound traffic will be sent up 14th Avenue East from London Road, and up 10th Avenue East from Superior Street to continue west bound on 1st Street.
Lake Avenue will be blocked off at 1st Street and at the freeway ramps on the Lake Ave Viaduct. Access to Canal Park, Park Point, and the DECC will be down 5th Avenue West to the connector to Railroad Street, and from the freeway exits onto 5th Avenue West and South Lake Ave.
For the convenience of the thousands of people who converge on the downtown for the annual event, free parade parking is being offered again after 5 p.m. at the following ramps:
. Fourth Avenue Auto Park — 402 W. Michigan Street
. Duluth Transportation Center — 228 W. Michigan Street
. US Bank Ramp — 230 W. Michigan Street
. Civic Center Ramp — 410 W. First Street
. Tech Village Ramp — 10 E. First Street
. 1st and 1st Lot — 123 East First Street
. Medical District Ramp — 302 E. First Street
. Fitger’s — 600 E. Superior Street
. Phoenix Parking Lot — 98 N. 4th Ave West
. St. Luke’s Hospital Ramp — 1020 E. First Street
. St. Luke’s Employee Parking Lot—119 N. 12th Ave East
Parking meters will be free after 5:30 p.m.
Drivers are urged to use caution when driving in the area of this event.
Downtown traffic should return to normal by approximately 8:30 pm.