Road Closings, Times for 66th Fall Foliage Parade

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 66th annual Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, begins on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m.

This year's theme is "Holidays on Parade" and the 2022 grand marshals are the Arnolds and the Kings, two families who have brought good cheer and a festive spirit to the city of North Adams for decades.

The parade will once again start at the intersection of State Street and Old State Street. The lineup will begin at Curran Highway between DiSanti Field (north point) to United Cerebral Palsy (south point); roughly 400 Curran Highway to 535 Curran Highway and the ending point will be at the intersection of Ashland Street and Washington Avenue, same as last year.

Due to the new starting location and staging area, through traffic is able to detour on Old State Street to access parts of Curran Highway. The road will be fully shut down along the parade route starting at 12:30 p.m.

Be a spectator along the 1.2-mile parade route from the intersection of State Street and Old State Street, along Main Street, to the intersection of Ashland Street and Washington Avenue, or on Community Television, channel 1301.
The Children's Parade steps off from Monument Square on Friday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m. and marches to City Hall. Winners in the costume and float categories will be invited to march in the Fall Foliage Parade on Sunday.
The annual Children's Fair and Road Race runs from 10 to noon at the Armory (because of rain) on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The races for children ages 2 to 11 start at 11:15.
Free admission to all events, which includes fun activities, games, giveaways and entertainment, including by Terry A La Berry and Friends. 
There will also be booths hosted by local community organizations.

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There will be no parking allowed in the parade route after 9 a.m. on Sunday, including along Curran Highway, State Street, Hadley Overpass, Main Street, Ashland Street, Church Street, historic Eagle Street and North Church Street
Curran Highway will be closed to northbound traffic at 11 a.m. at the intersection by Ocean State Job Lots. The entire parade route will be shut down to traffic at noon.
All parade participants are asked to enter the area from the north and exit to the south. Route 8 traffic will be detoured over Church Street, via Hodges Cross Road to Main Street or West Shaft Road to Route 2.
Any cars that are found on the parade route will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners' expense.


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