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Lexington Christmas Parade route, road closures and detours: Everything you need to know

Police are urging attendees to arrive early for parking and seating. They also suggest drivers familiarize themselves with the road closures ahead of time.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Lexington Police are cautioning drivers of road closures on Sunday as the city holds its annual Christmas parade along downtown streets.

According to a statement released by Chief Terrence Green, closures and detours begin as early as 1 p.m. with the closure of West Butler Street from Columbia Avenue to North Church Street. 

There will also be closures on Haygood Avenue and part of Meetze Street as a parade staging area. The Lexington County Extension Office parking lot at 605 West Main Street will be closed for staging purposes as well.

In preparation for the parade's start, West Main Street from Columbia Avenue to North Lake Drive, East Main Street at Harmon Street, North Lake Drive at Dreher Street, and South Lake Drive at Fort Street will close at 2:45 p.m. and all traffic will be detoured around the parade route.

The parade will follow the route of Haygood Avenue to West Main Street (U.S. 1) to North Lake Drive (S.C. 6). Police suggest that the best viewing areas for the parade will be along West Main Street from Haygood Avenue to the intersection of Main Street at Lake Drive. However, they urge attendees to arrive early to find a parking space and seating. They also suggest that those attending be sure to park in public lots to avoid the risk of being towed from private parking areas.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. and the main roadway detours will re-open at around 4:30 p.m. West Butler Street from Columbia Avenue to South Church Street will, however, remain closed until floats and participants have cleared the road.