Hillsborough Holiday Parade Dec. 3 Some Downtown Streets to Be Closed

Traffic will be rerouted around downtown Hillsborough the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 3, to allow for the annual Holiday Parade.

The parade, presented by the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 4:45 p.m. and will travel south on Churton Street from Corbin Street to Margaret Lane.

The chamber will begin placing traffic cones in on-street parking spaces on Churton Street at noon the day of the parade as no on-street parking will be allowed during the parade.

At 4:30 p.m., the Hillsborough Police Department will close Churton Street between U.S. 70/N.C. 86 North and U.S. 70-A, just south of the downtown. South Cameron Street at East King Street also will be closed at 4:30 p.m., closing access to East Margaret Lane. These streets will remain closed 15 to 20 minutes following the parade to allow for cleanup by Hillsborough Public Works employees. The streets likely will reopen by 6 p.m.

Floats for the parade will be staged on Corbin Street east and west of North Churton Street prior to the event, and food trucks will be parked on Court Street during the parade.

To divert traffic from the downtown area, officers will be positioned at every intersection along the parade route — from U.S. 70/N.C. 86 North to U.S. 70-A as well as at East King and South Cameron streets. Motorists should bypass downtown Hillsborough during the parade by utilizing U.S. 70 to Interstate 85 on the north and south sides of town.

Free parking is available in the Eno River Parking Deck, on King Street and in various lots, including two lots off King Street. If parking after 4:30 p.m., the public may access the Gateway Center and Eno River Parking Deck via Exchange Park or West Margaret lanes. As a reminder, Exchange Park Lane has a single-lane underpass and a speed limit of 20 mph. Maps and more information about parking in downtown Hillsborough are available on the town’s website.

The Holiday Parade will feature bands, fire engines, local and area businesses, well-known mascots and cheerleaders as well as Santa Claus. Portable lighting will be set up to better light the parade route. The Town of Hillsborough is sponsoring the parade, providing additional police presence and Public Works support at no charge to the Chamber of Commerce. Businesses in the area of the parade will remain open.

The annual lighting of the town tree and caroling will take place at the conclusion of the parade on the grounds of the Old Orange County Courthouse, 100 E. King St.

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