Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet’s annual Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 7th, and will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Because of the large number of participants, there will be a few traffic restrictions in place prior to the evening event. The parade will begin at the First Baptist Church (Mt. Juliet Christian Academy) on N. Mt. Juliet Road and travel northbound to Charlie Daniels Parkway where it will end behind Mt. Juliet Middle School.
N. Mt. Juliet Road (SR 171) will be closed at 5:30 p.m. to ALL traffic. The closure will be from from the intersection of NW Rutland Road to the intersection of Sunset Drive for the parade route.
The parade float staging and participant drop-off will take place at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet (735 N. Mt. Juliet Road) from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. prior to the parade. N. Mt. Juliet Road (SR 171) & N.W. Rutland Road will have increased traffic near the church during this time period.
The parade ending location and participant pick-up will take place at Mt. Juliet Middle School (3565 N. Mt. Juliet Road) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. N. Mt. Juliet Road (SR 171), Charlie Daniels Parkway, and Woodridge Drive will have increased traffic near the school during this time period.
The goal of the Mt. Juliet Police Department is to ensure the safety of motorists, spectators, pedestrians, and participants. If you are attending the parade, the police department suggests that you arrive prior to 5:30 p.m. street closures. This will allow plenty of time to find parking. If you are not attending the parade, you may want to avoid the Mt. Juliet Road corridor to minimize your frustration with the road closure and large volume of traffic.
Remember, following the parade there will be a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic along Mt. Juliet Road in the downtown district. Take your time, and please be considerate. Normally, the traffic following the parade will clear out in approximately 30 minutes. It is estimated that the parade traffic will be clear around 8:00 p.m.
For more information on Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade, you can visit the city’s website at www.cityofmtjuliet.org . Follow Mt. Juliet Police on Twitter @MtJulietPolice for live and active information regarding the parade as it happens.