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Local streets close temporarily for holiday parades

Even with rain in forecast, Gainesville, Lula plan Christmas events

POSTED: December 7, 2013 12:49 a.m.

Holiday festivities in the area will cause some frequently used streets to shut down for awhile this weekend.

Christmas on Green Street, organized by the Hall County Historical Society, is set for Sunday in Gainesville. It begins with an antique car parade lead by Santa Claus at 4:45 p.m. and follows with festival activities, such as face painting and musical entertainment, until 7:15 p.m.

The annual parade for the celebration will begin at the Civic Center. Green Street will be closed from 3:30-8 p.m. to accommodate the event.

Streets adjoining to and intersecting with Green Street will also be affected by the temporary shutdown.

“All streets leading into Green Street, such as Candler Street, North Avenue, Ridgewood Avenue, all of those off to the side ... and that’s including all driveways that have cut-throughs to other streets, will be blocked off,” said Sergeant Dean Staples with the Police Traffic Services Unit of the Gainesville Police Department.

Additionally, traffic will be shut down coming into town on Thompson Bridge Road (Ga. 60) and Enota Avenue, Park Hill Drive and Enota Avenue, Holly Drive at the split, and Jesse Jewell Parkway and E.E. Butler Parkway.

Staples said signs would be present at closures to help route drivers around the blocked areas.

Jorene Pilcher, administrator for the Hall County Historical Society, said the event is scheduled to go on as planned even if it rains. The forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-40s Sunday with a 90 percent chance of rain.

“We’ve had them in the rain before,” she added. However, if severe storms or torrential downpours occur, the event will be canceled.

Pilcher said visitors can check the historical society’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ChristmasOnGreenStreet for updates. The answering machine for the society’s office will also have a greeting to explain contingency plans for callers at 770-503-1319.

This event is free to the public, and also includes the lighting of the Rotary Christmas Tree and a collection of donations for the Toys for Tots Foundation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Christmas in Lula is set for today, with a parade and festival spanning most of the evening. Festival activities, including treats for children and entertainment, are planned from 4-8 p.m. around the Lula Veterans Park.

The parade is set to start at 6 p.m. and will end at the veterans park for the arrival of Santa Claus.

Athens Street, Ga. 51 and Main Street will all be closed in the downtown Lula area from approximately 6-7 p.m. Intersecting and adjoining streets will also be affected during this period.

Christmas in Lula is free to the public and will occur rain or shine.


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