Christmas City of the North Parade, no parking

The Christmas City of the North Parade is coming Friday, and motorists in downtown Duluth should plan accordingly.

Parade participants will stage on Railroad Street in advance of the event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:20 p.m. They will travel east on Railroad Street to Lake Avenue, cross the freeway on Lake Avenue and then head west on Superior Street to Fifth Avenue West.

There will be no parking allowed along the parade route after 5 p.m. Traffic diversions around the staging area will begin at 2 p.m.

Exits to northbound and southbound Lake Avenue off Interstate 35 will be closed from 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Buses will use First Street.

In short, avoid the area with your car. If you can’t, be patient and “nicicle.”