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The Molalla Kiddie Parade, Freedom 5K Run and Giant Street Parade will impact traffic. Here's what you need to know in a message from Police Chief Rod Lucich.

Buckeroo week 2018 is just around the corner and here are some important reminders for all to remember, whether or not you plan to participate or attend. 

The two events that impact traffic flow and accessibility are the Kiddie Parade on Sunday evening, July 1 at 6 p.m., and the Giant Street Parade on Wednesday morning, July 4. Remember, the Giant Street Parade is opened up and preceded by the 6th annual Freedom 5K Run. We are looking forward to great times of celebration this year, but to make things go as efficiently as possible, we must all pay attention to the times for these events and plan ahead to avoid conflicts. 

Here are the dates and times for the closures:

The Kiddie Parade will start at 6 p.m. on Sunday night. Just prior to the start of the parade, streets will begin to close down as the parade progresses. If you wait until the last minute to get to your destination you may have trouble getting there on time. It lasts about an hour and the route is as follows:

·         SB on N. Cole from Frances St.

·         WB on Heintz St. to Grange Ave.

·         SB on Grange to Main St.

·         WB Main St. to Molalla Ave.

NB Molalla Ave. to Heintz and done. (Participants proceed to disband via Frances or Shirley)

The Freedom 5K Run will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning and the Giant Parade will begin as soon as the tail end of the run passes the parade starting point (as close to 9:20 as possible).  The run and the parade use the same route. The import thing to understand about the July 4 parade is, because of safety for the runners and walkers, the route cannot be closed down as it progresses.  The route must be secure prior to the start and it will close by 9 a.m. without exception.  If you live in the core parade area and you have need to leave your home, you should plan to do it by 8:30 a.m., just to be safe. The parade should last about 2.5 hours, depending on the number of entries.

Here is the route for the run and parade:

·         The Freedom 5K Run starts at Eckerd Field and crosses E. Main St. at Cole Ave.

·         NB on Cole Ave. to Heintz St. (turning in front of parade waiting to begin)

·         WB Heintz to Grange Ave.

·         SB Grange Ave. to Robbins St.

·         WB Robbins St. to Molalla Ave.

·         NB Molalla Ave. to Toliver Rd.

·         WB Toliver to Ridings Ave.

·         SB Ridings Ave. to Main St.

·         EB Main St. to S. Cole Ave and finished.

WARNING/REMINDER: AT 9 A.M. ON JULY 4, WEST MAIN WILL BE CLOSED AT ONA WAY, N. MOLALLA AVE WILL BE CLOSED AT VICK RD, EAST MAIN/HWY 211 WILL BE CLOSED AT MATTHIAS. VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PASS.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  If we all plan ahead, we can make this year's festivities a wonderful time to remember.

-Chief Lucich

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