Princeton Christmas Parade Preparations Are Underway

PRINCETON, WV –The Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it’s time to begin signing up for this year’s Princeton Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Monday, November 27, scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.

There is no entry fee to enter the parade, but floats wishing to be judged for awards must conform to this year’s parade theme which is “Christmas Joy” and should have been registered by November 15. Other units are asked to at least give their unit a Christmassy appearance and also be registered by November 22. The full set of regulations and lineup instructions is available with the registration form available on the PMCCC website at www.pmccc.com/parade.

Because the Princeton Christmas Parade is so large, containing nearly 100 units, lineup requires the use of Thorn, East Mercer and South 2nd Streets. The parade begins at the 5th Street stoplight on Mercer Street and ends at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Most float units and other vehicles will line up on Thorn Street and most walking units and sports teams on flatbed trailers will line up on South 2nd Street. However, the chamber advises float units that if it is safer and a more convenient access to line up on East Mercer Street, that is also acceptable. The chamber also advises leaders of large groups of participants to make sure their participants know where to meet to board their unit, and also to have a dispersal plan for the end of the parade.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY FOR PRINCETON CHRISTMAS PARADE

Because the Princeton Christmas Parade is so large, usually containing nearly 100 units, lineup requires the use of 5th St., Thorn, East Mercer and South 2nd Streets. The parade begins at the 5th Street stoplight on Mercer Street and ends at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Due to the Princeton Christmas Parade, Princeton residents and area motorists should be aware that there will be an interruption of normal traffic patterns on Monday, November 27, 2017 from approximately 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and should plan accordingly. The congestion will occur in the vicinity of Mercer Street, Straley Avenue, Thorn Street, Harrison Street, and side streets in the immediate vicinity.

Residents attempting to get to their homes on the upper side of Mercer Street should plan to come in from the west end of Princeton using North Walker Street and then the back streets such as Highland Avenue. Residents on Harrison should also use an alternate route such as Princeton Avenue from Stafford Drive, rather than Mercer Street.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, Princeton City Police, Fire Department and the Princeton Rescue Squad will block off Thorn Street at South Wickham. Parade traffic on Thorn Street will be basically one-way heading toward Mercer Street, and only parade entries should attempt to enter from the South Wickham end. Mercer Street will be blocked on both ends as well as all side streets adjoining Mercer Street. Parade participants scheduled to line up on East Mercer Street should enter that area from Brick Street, near the Survival Store, and travel up South 2nd Street by Sterling Grocery and the Purina store, to get into the parade line-up on East Mercer Street.
Drivers wishing to travel West Main Street (Rt. 20) also should not attempt to approach the courthouse via Princeton Avenue due to the parade ending at the courthouse area.
For more information, visit the Princeton Christmas Parade webpage on the Chamber of Commerce website at www.pmccc.com or contact the Chamber office at (304) 487-1502 or email pmccc@frontiernet.net.

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