Jeff Jewel, acting Brownsville City Police Chief, has announced that the 2015 Fair Parade route will see a change this year with hopes of avoiding more traffic problems with the current bridge construction. "The plan right now is for the traffic light at the bridge to be gone before the parade starts," he said. "But in case it's not, we're reversing the direction of this year's parade in order to better accommodate regular Main Street traffic."
He explained that reversing the route will get the parade on and off Main Street much quicker and will allow for the street to be opened up immediately after the route passes. This can be done while the parade goes on through the rest of town.
The route is scheduled to begin at 9AM at ECHS and will travel on Houchin Ferry Road first, then turning right on Main just past the Minit Mart. From there, the route will turn right again on Main Cross St (past the Community Center), then right again on Washington Street. Then, the parade will continue on Old North Main (behind Cee Bee) then over to Ferguson (in front of the Public Library), then back to Houchins Ferry Rd into the school parking lot.
Upon returning, parade participants are asked to leave from Wildcat Way, NOT Houchins Ferry Rd, as it will take a little while for the entire parade to return. Leaving out Houchins Ferry Rd will cause a traffic hazard.
The route will travel on the same roads, only backwards from the normal route. If you plan on watching the parade, you can line up or sit from any of the same places you always have. One thing that hopefully won't ever change? Candy. And lots of it...