Blossomtime parade traffic, parking restrictions

The Benton Harbor High School Marching Band marches through Benton Harbor during the 2018 Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade. Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place during the May 4 parade.

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph and Benton Harbor will be hosting the 2019 Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade next Saturday, and the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety is alerting residents to street closures and parking restrictions.

The parade begins at 1 p.m., and road closures in St. Joseph will go into effect at 10 a.m., which includes all masted boat traffic using the Bicentennial Bridge. Traffic entering St. Joseph from the north will be detoured west onto Port Street, and then south on Lake Boulevard.

Drivers wanting to continue south on M-63 will turn east on to Jones Street or continue south on Lake Boulevard for Business Loop-94.

Traffic coming from the south will be diverted at westbound Jones Street and will follow the same route in reverse. The detour will stay in effect until the end of the parade, around 3:30 p.m.

In St. Joseph there will be no parking along the following streets, starting at 6 a.m. Saturday until 4 p.m.

• 500 through 1000 blocks of State Street.

• 500 and 600 blocks of Market, Pearl, Park, Price and Jones streets.

• 700 through 1000 blocks of Court Street.

• 700 and 800 blocks of Park, Price, Jones and Hoyt streets.

• 1000 block of Church Street.

• 700 through 1100 blocks of Pearl Street.

For residents and businesses along Anchor’s Way, be aware that the Bicentennial Bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to around 4 p.m. You will be able to exit the area; however, drivers must head into St. Joseph and follow the detour. Drive slowly and use caution, as emergency vehicles might travel in these lanes. Vehicles will not be able to make entry while the parade route is closed.

Blankets and chairs in St. Joseph will not be allowed on the parade route until 6 a.m. on the day of the parade. Any items placed before that time will be removed and taken to the police station.