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MLK Day parade in St. Pete to impact traffic

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in St Petersburg on Monday is one of the largest in the nation.

The abundance of people, floats and festivities brings good times, but also creates traffic tie-ups.

St Petersburg officials expect traffic disruptions to be present from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. at Third Ave S. and continues north to Central Ave. The parade then heads east on Central Ave. to Bayshore Dr. and north of Fifth Ave, disbanding into the Vinoy and North Shore Parks.

Many people are off work for the holiday, but those working in Downtown St. Pete may be impacted by the parade during lunch time. It may be a good idea to bring your lunch to work or plan on walking to have lunch in the area. St. Petersburg Police are encouraging motorists to pre-plan travel routes and use streets west of 16th St. if they are not participating in the festivities.

City traffic officials say parking will be restricted along the parade route. Downtown residents should be aware that the Residential Parking Permits do not exempt holders from receiving citations or possible vehicle relocation during special events.

Trolley Information:

The Central Avenue Trolley (CAT) will operate a slightly modified route Monday, utilizing First Ave. N. (westbound) and Fourth Ave N (eastbound) to bypass the parade. Regular CAT trolley fares apply (50 cents per ride). There will be no service on Central Ave. between First St. and 16th St. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday and there will be no CAT service to The Pier’s parking lots until after the parade.

In addition to Central Ave, other roads affected on the CAT trolley route during the parade include MLK/9th St., Second Ave, N. and Bayshore Drive.

Parking Info:

City-owned downtown parking facilities, except the MSC garage, will be open for public parking to accommodate those wishing to enjoy the parade as well as other downtown activities and destinations.

The Baywalk parking garage (entrance at 117 Second St. N.) will offer the night, weekend and holiday rate of  $1 for four hours ($1 for each additional hour or partial hour; $6 maximum); while other facilities including the SouthCore Parking Garage (entrance at 101 First Ave. S.) offer normal rates including $1 per hour, also with a $6 maximum. The Al Lang Stadium Parking Lot, (southeast corner of First St. & First Ave. S.) offers a $5 flat rate for all-day; and The Pier lots (Dolphin and Pelican) offer a $3 flat rate for all-day parking.

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