Keizer’s been buzzing for months about the Festival of Lights parade set to hit River Road at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
But staging a nighttime holiday parade isn’t all flowers and sausages. Streets must be closed, parking must be found and those who don’t attend the parade need to be able to get around. Combine that with likely cold and wet weather – and it’s dark – and police have a logistical challenge on their hands.
“The darkness is going to be our enemy,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns.
They’re helping motorists prepare via electronic reader boards on River Road leading up to the parade.
Here’s how local streets will be affected. The route and staging area are virtually identical to May’s Iris Festival Parade.
• Lockhaven Drive N. (west of River Road) closes to McClure Street N. at 4 p.m. December 10 for parade staging.
• River Road closes from Lockhaven Drive south to Plymouth Drive NE starting at 6:15 p.m. East-west traffic can cross until the parade and 5K runs are passing by at Chemawa Road, Dearborn Avenue and Manbrin Drive. River Road is expected to remain closed until at least 9 p.m.
• The section of River Road between Glynbrook Avenue N. and Plymouth Drive NE will remain closed until parade entries, participants and floats completely clear the streets.
Festival of Lights Holiday Parade
7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
River Road, from Lockhaven Road to Plymouth Drive
Parade Weekend Happenings & Offers
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Momma Honey and the Princess – 4054 River Road N. $25 for 4-person covered table. Bottomless tea and coffee, dessert buffet.
Revamped – 3926 River Road N. Open late, free coffee and cookies.
Big Town Hero – 5099 River Road N. Covered seating. Soup, bread & drink $3.95. Free hot coffee/$1 hot chocolate.
Starbucks at Schoolhouse Square – 5001 River Road N. Additional outdoor seating Staying open until 10 p.m.
Tony’s Kingdom Toy Drive – 5420 River Road N. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Donations for USMC Toys for Tots, Simonka Place and food donations for Keizer Community Food Bank accepted. Photos with favorite Star Wars characters and free comic!
Jingle Dash – 5:30 p.m. at McNary Golf Club
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
Breakfast with Santa – Keizer Fire Hall, 661 Chemawa Road NE. 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. $5 adults, $3 12 and under.