Celebration 2016 is fast approaching. During certain parts of Celebration, streets will be completely or partially closed around downtown from Front Street to the Willoughby District. Please read below for more info as it might affect your business.

Grand Entrance Procession, Wednesday, June 8, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall to Centennial Hall

The Grand Entrance: Dance groups will assemble behind the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Village Street on the evening of Wednesday June 8th between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. After the lead dance group, dance groups will line up in alphabetical order. The procession will begin at 6:00 pm at the junction of Willoughby Ave and Village Street and continue westbound down Willoughby Avenue and then enter Centennial Hall from the southeast ballroom door. Inside the Centennial Hall ballroom, dancers will proceed onto the stage, perform, then exit Centennial Hall’s north doors, walk along the sidewalk of the lawn/garden plaza, and exit into the parking lot. The lead group, will remain on the stage, step back, and sing and drum while groups pass, while the second group will lead dancers toward the north exit.

Requested Street Closure: 5:00 pm – 8 pm

Parade, Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Mt. Roberts Tramway to Centennial Hall

Procession Routes at a Glance:

The Main Parade: Dance groups will assemble at the Mt. Roberts Tram parking lot off of South Franklin Street on the morning of Saturday June 11th between 8:30 and 9:00 am. After the lead dance group, dance groups will line up in alphabetical order. The parade will begin at 9:00 am and proceed north/up South Franklin Street to Front Street, left on Front, down Main Street to Egan/Marine Way, right on Egan/Marine Way, right on Willoughby Avenue, up Willoughby Avenue into the parking lot north of Centennial Hall. Parade concludes in the parking lot north of Centennial Hall, but the panoramic photo of Celebration participants will occur immediately thereafter in this parking lot.

Requested Street Closure: 8:30 – 11:30

Grand Exit:

Dance groups will assemble between 5:30 and 6:00 pm on the north sidewalk of Willoughby Ave, beginning near the Centennial Hall southeast ballroom door. After the lead dance group, dance groups will line up in alphabetical order. At 6:30 pm dancers will proceed into Centennial Hall, dance across the stage one final time, and then move towards the north exit to conclude Celebration (same route as for the Grand Entrance). The lead group, will remain on the stage, step back, and sing and drum while groups pass, while the second group will lead dancers toward the north exit.