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GENERAL INFORMATION:

The parade takes place rain or shine! We encourage you to plan for a 9 a.m. arrival in downtown Brattleboro on Parade Day! You’ll get a good viewing spot and be able to visit downtown merchants who open early for the occasion.

There will be plenty of parking in Brattleboro for Strolling of the Heifers. However, illegally parked vehicles may endanger lives by hindering passage of fire trucks and ambulances in the event of an emergency. Do not park in posted no-parking zones!

And please be respectful of local residents by not blocking their driveways. Some churches, businesses and individuals near the downtown area will be offering parking on private property for a small fee.

NOTE: Any vehicle parked in an illegal space on Parade Day (June 7, 2014) may be subject to towing at owner’s expense. Please park only where it is legal!

NO PARKING will be permitted these streets, and violators will be ticketed:

  • Main Street, from Flat Street north
  • Flat Street, from Main Street to Elm Street
  • Park Place, on the Common (north) side of the road
  • Linden Street, west side from Park Place to Cedar Street
  • Putney Road, both sides from Main Street to Park Place, and the east side from Park Place to Bradley Avenue
  • North Street (off Putney Road), on the north side only
  • Harris Place, both sides of the entire street
  • Bradley Avenue (off Putney Road), one side as marked
  • Oak Street, east side of the entire street
  • Chase Street, north side of the entire street
  • Forest Street, both sides of the entire street
  • Cedar Street, from Route 30 to top of the hill

STREET CLOSINGS during parts of Parade Day (Saturday, June 7, 2014):

In planning your route, please take into account the following street closings:

  • Flat Street will close early in the morning for parade staging from Main Street to Elm Street, and remain closed until about 11:30 a.m.
  • Main Street, Putney Road up to the Commons, and Park Place will be closed for the Parade from about 9:45 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.
  • Linden Street will be closed to southbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Brattleboro Retreat entrance south to Park Place, and will be closed to all traffic during the Parade from Main Street to Park Place.

SHUTTLE BUSES: Beat the congestion!

To reduce downtown traffic congestion, use the free shuttle parking lots and ride the free shuttle buses:

  • At Exit 1, Route 91: follow signs and park at Brattleboro Union High School — buses will run to the corner of Canal Street and South Main Street beginning at 8 a.m. Last bus: 9:45 a.m.
  • At Exit 2, Route 91: follow signs, proceed West on Route 9; park at Green Mountain Chapel or Academy School — buses will run to the Fire Station in town beginning at 8:00 a.m. Last bus: 9:45 a.m.
  • No buses will run from the Exit 3 area.
  • Returning to parking lots: Buses will run from the corner of Linden Street (Route 30) and Park Place (near the Brattleboro Common), starting immediately after the parade. Last bus: 4:00 p.m.
  • Courtesy golf carts will run from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. between the main gate of the Retreat campus and the corner of Linden Street and Park Place.

MAP: Downtown parking, parade route, restrooms and festival locations:

stroll-Parade-map-2013

HANDICAPPED PARKING and Parade Viewing

Our handicapped parking area is the parking lot of Joe Pieciak & Co., 10 Park Place. This area is restricted to vehicles of  people with valid handicapped permits. It is located near the corner of Park Place and Putney Road, directly across from the Brattleboro Common. Note: Park Place will be closed to traffic at 9:45 a.m. — early arrival is encouraged! An attendant will be on duty at that lot. For handicapped individuals who are closer to downtown, we invite you to use the roped-off areas at both sides of the official parade viewing stand, which will be located on Main Street in front of the Key Bank offices. Handicapped toilets may be found at the River Garden on Main Street, the Transportation Center on Flat Street, and at the Expo both on the Common and the Retreat Grounds, as indicated on the map.

DIRECTIONS to Brattleboro:

Addresses to input to your GPS:

  • High school shuttle parking lot: 131 Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
  • The River Garden, downtown Brattleboro: 157 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

From North: Interstate 91

  1. Take Exit 1, Brattleboro
  2. At the end of the ramp turn left; you are now on Route 5 / Canal Street. On parade day, for shuttle bus parking, turn right at the first light to high school parking areas. See shuttle info above.
  3. OR: Travel 1.2 miles toward downtown Brattleboro. Observe parade day downtown parking restrictions listed above.

From West: Vermont Route 9

  1. After entering Brattleboro on parade day, look for our shuttle parking lots with signage in West Brattleboro, on the right at Green Mountain Chapel and Living Memorial Park. See shuttle info above.
  2. OR: Continue on Route 9 into downtown Brattleboro. Observe parade day downtown parking restrictions listed above.

From South: Interstate 91

  1. Take Exit 1, Brattleboro
  2. At the end of the ramp turn right; you are now on Route 5 / Canal Street. On parade day, for shuttle bus parking, turn right at the first light (Fairgrounds Rd.) to high school parking areas. See shuttle info above.
  3. OR: Travel 1.2 miles toward downtown Brattleboro. Observe parade day downtown parking restrictions listed above.

From East: Route 9 NH

  1. Cross over the Connecticut River from Chesterfield to Brattleboro
  2. Go half-way around the traffic circle and onto Route 91 South
  3. Proceed to Exit 1 or 2, follow directions above under North (for Exit 1) or West (for Exit 2).

From East: Route 119 NH

  1. Cross over the Connecticut River from Hinsdale to Brattleboro
  2. You are now in downtown Brattleboro. Observe parade day downtown parking restrictions listed above.
  3. OR: For shuttle parking, follow route 5 South (Canal Street) about 1 mile, turn left on Fairgrounds Rd to high school parking areas.