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Parade will disrupt traffic Monday
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Monday brings the annual Memorial Day parade that is a delight for spectators but can cause headaches for motorists.

Beginning at about 9 a.m., roads in downtown Gainesville will be closed, including E.E. Butler Parkway and many of its side streets.

The Gainesville Police Department plans to detour motorists traveling from North Hall into the city, either by Thompson Bridge Road or Cleveland Highway/Park Hill Drive at Enota Avenue, which leads to Downey Boulevard and then Jesse Jewell Parkway.

Motorists traveling from south of the city on E.E. Butler Parkway will be rerouted east or west at Jesse Jewell Parkway.

In addition, all side streets in the parade route area will be shut down, including Washington Street, where motorists won’t be able to turn left onto West Academy Street.

The event is set to start at 10 a.m. Monday, with parade participants gathering at First Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m.

The Paul E. Bolding American Legion Post 7 is sponsoring the parade, which will travel from the church to E.E. Butler Parkway, then go to Spring Street and disband.

Tony Manzo of Gainesville will open the parade with a flyover in his Boeing-made P-17 Stearman biplane.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is the grand marshal and Pearl Harbor survivor Mack Abbott is the honorary grand marshal.

The Paul E. Bolding American Legion Post 7 is sponsoring the parade.

Parking will be available all through the downtown area, including at the Georgia Mountains Center and Hall County Courthouse.

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