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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.

Please consider carpooling and using one of the remote parking areas. See below for more information on shuttle buses to remote lots.

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.

No dogsPLEASE, WE WILL ONLY ALLOW TRAINED SERVICE DOGS AT THE PARADE OR EXPO! We’re sure your pooch is wonderfully well behaved. But for the safety of the animals and spectators, please leave your dog at home. The farm animals may be spooked by dogs, since they are already in an unfamiliar setting. Thank you.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Any vehicle parked illegally on Parade Day (Saturday, June 8, 2019) may be ticketed, and may be subject to towing at owner’s expense. Please park only where it is legal! The following will be posted that day as NO PARKING zones, as will all areas normally posted as no parking. 

  • 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 Avenue, both sides of the entire street
  • Bradley Avenue (off Putney Road), one side as marked
  • Tyler Street, east side only, north of North Street only
  • Oak Street, east side of the entire street
  • Chase Street, north side of the entire street
  • Forest Street, both sides of the entire street

 

STREET CLOSINGS during parts of Parade Day:

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 from beginning at the Whetstone Bridge, to Putney Road at the Common, and Park Place will be closed for the Parade from about 9:45 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m.
  • Linden Street from Park Place to Main Street during the Parade.

SHUTTLE BUSES: Beat the congestion!  

To reduce downtown traffic congestion, use the free shuttle parking lots and ride the free shuttle buses:
Click here for Google Map of Shuttle Bus Parking Lots

ALL SHUTTLE BUSES RUN 8 AM – 9:45 AM AND RESUME AFTER THE PARADE (AROUND 11:30)

  • From Exit 1, I-91: follow signs and park at Brattleboro Union High School — take TRAVEL KUZ (yellow bus) – buses will run to the beginning of Canal Street
  • From Exit 2, I-91: follow signs, proceed West on Route 9; park at Academy School — take TRAVEL KUZ (yellow bus) – buses will run to the Fire Station on Elliot Street.
  • From Exit 3, I-91: Follow signs to Rte. 5 South (Putney Rd.), at second light turn right and immediately go left to south end of parking lot in front of vacant HOME DEPOT. Please do not park in Hannaford parking area. A white CURRENT bus will run to the Common.
  • RETURNING TO PARKING AREAS: After the parade, the Travel KUZ yellow buses will be on Park Place at the Common to take riders back to their cars at Exit 1 and Exit 2 lots. Be sure to check the destination of your bus! The CURRENT white bus will be on Putney Road near the Information booth to take riders back to Exit 3 Parking Lot.

 

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

 

ACCESSIBLE PARKING and Parade Viewing

Our accessible parking area is the parking lot of Pieciak & Co., 10 Park Place. This area is restricted to vehicles with valid 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. Accessible toilets may be found at the River Garden on Main Street, the Transportation Center on Flat Street, and at the Expo on the Common and nearby areas, as indicated on the map.

DIRECTIONS to Brattleboro:

Addresses to input to your GPS or smartphone directions app:

  • Brattleboro Union High School shuttle parking lot: 131 Fairground Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
  • The Strolling of the Heifers 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.