BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro police and Stroll organizers are urging parade spectators to plan for an early arrival before the heifers begin to stroll on Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. And spectators should be aware of street closings and no-parking areas to avoid potential tickets and towings.
At the Brattleboro Common, Pete & Jerry's Organics will be serving up an organic breakfast and coffee beginning about 7 a.m. Downtown, many stores will open their doors early to accommodate parade viewers. Viewing spots along the route can be reserved with blankets or folding chairs.
On certain streets, one or both sides will be posted as no-parking zones, either because the parade is coming through, or to allow for emergency vehicle access if needed. Parking restrictions will be well-marked, and violators will be subject to fines and possibly towing. Those streets are as follows: Main Street, from Flat Street north; Flat Street, from Main Street to Elm Street; Park Place, on the Common (north) side of the road; Linden Street, west side from Park Place to Cedar Street; Putney Road, both sides from Main Street to Park Place, and the east side from Park Place to Bradley Avenue; North Street (off Putney Road), on the north side only; Harris Place, both sides of the entire street; Bradley Avenue (off Putney Road), one side as marked; Oak Street, east side of the entire street; Chase Street, north side of the entire street; Forest Street, both sides of the entire street; and Cedar Street, from Route 30 to top of the hill.
Some streets will be closed for purposes of staging the parade beginning early in the day, and the full parade route will close about 9:45 a.m. Street closings are as follows: Flat Street will close early in the morning for parade staging from Main Street to Elm Street, and remain closed until about 11:30 a.m.; Main Street, Putney Road up to the Common, and Park Place will be closed from about 9:45 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.; and Linden Street will be closed to southbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m. from the Brattleboro Retreat entrance south to Park Place, and will be closed to all traffic from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the parade from Main Street to Cedar Street.
Organizers urge the use of satellite parking areas and free shuttle buses that will transport people to and from the parade and Expo. Those parking areas are as follows: At Exit 1, I-91, follow signs and park at Brattleboro Union High School -- buses will run to the corner of Canal Street and South Main Street beginning at 8 a.m. Last bus before the parade at 9:45 a.m.; at Exit 2, I- 91, follow signs, proceed West on Route 9, park at Green Mountain Chapel or Academy School -- buses will run to the Fire Station in town beginning at 8 a.m. Last bus before the parade at 9:45 a.m.; no buses will run from the Exit 3 area.; returning to parking lots -- buses will run from the corner of Linden Street (Route 30) and Park Place (near the Brattleboro Common), starting immediately after the parade. Last bus at 4:50 p.m.; courtesy golf carts will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. between the main gate of the Retreat campus and the corner of Linden Street and Park Place for people who have difficulty with the hill climb there; handicapped parking for people with valid handicapped permits will be reserved in the parking lot of Joe Pieciak & Co's office, which is on that corner and directly across from the Brattleboro Common.
For full Parade and Stroll Weekend events info, visit www.strollingoftheheifers.com.