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We are now onto the next series of events and wanted to share those details. As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions. We will do our best to efficiently and safely produce our events with minimum interference. We hope you will have time to come out to the street and cheer on these incredible men, women and children who help us make Roanoke such a vibrant and exciting place to live, work & play. Here’s to a festive holiday season for all to enjoy!
9 AM – 11 AM
Veterans Day Parade
9 AM – Announcements & Parade Line Up at City Hall
10 AM – Parade Start
Parade Route is from City Hall north on Oak Street to the VFW Post
10:45 AM – Parade ends at the VFW.
*** Expect roads to be closed starting at 8:30 AM in the area immediately around City Hall. All entry points off Hwy 377 will start to close at approximately 9 AM. Traffic will be diverted to Parrish Lane. Intersections will start to close at approximately 9:45 AM. As the parade passes through each intersection, the Hwy 377 access and the intersection will open quickly thereafter as instructed by the Police Department. Expect a much larger parade.Some 350 walkers, several dozen vehicles, trailers, floats, Humvees and motorcycles. 49 entries in all. ***
7 AM – 11 AM
Apollo Rescue 5K Run/Walk
7 AM – Pre Race registration at Austin Street Plaza
9 AM – Race starts from Austin Street Plaza
Race will proceed south on Oak, around the Rec Center, through Fair Play Park, through Old Town to Houston Street to Oak and back to Austin Street Plaza.
10:30 – Award Ceremony
11:30 – Participants lunching in various Roanoke restaurants
*** Oak Street between Travis and Rusk will close at 6 AM until 12 PM. Once the race begins, Oak Street intersections from Rusk to Parrish will close temporarily to let the runners/walkers through. Roanoke patrol cars will secure intersections. Roanoke Road at Parrish will also close temporarily as runners/walkers make their way into Fair Play Park then into Old Town and back to Austin Street Plaza. These will be temporary closures. ***
2 PM – 5 PM
Byron Nelson High School March A Thon
The band will consist of approximate 200 marchers and 20 parent chaperones. This is a fundraiser where the band stops at certain points and performs mini concerts for donations. Donations go to uniforms, travel, equipment, etc.
2 PM – The band will get into formation at the Recreation Center.
The March a Thon route is Rec Center to Walnut to Lamar to Pine Street to Denton to Oak Street. Once on Oak Street, the band will be stopping to play ‘mini’ concerts at Austin Street Plaza, Old City Hall, Lamar Lot, new City Hall then back to the Rec Center.
5 PM – The March a Thon concludes.
*** The March A Thon will be led by a patrol car to clear intersections as the bands passes and to stop traffic as they move to each Oak Street mini concert. Currently, we are planning for no roads to be closed. Traffic will simply be delayed as the band passes through.***
4 PM – 9 PM
Old Fashion Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade
8 AM – Bike rail installation in all parallel parking spaces on Oak Street from City Hall to Austin Street.
4 PM – Carolers, carriage rides, concert by Roanoke Elementary, crafts at City Hall and on Oak Street.
5 PM – Roads around City Hall will start to close with Oak Street intersections closing shortly thereafter.
6 PM – Recreation Center opens with holiday festivities
6 PM – Lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall
6:05 PM – Christmas Parade will travel from Fair Play Park to City Hall then north on Oak to Austin Street.
7 PM – Parade concludes.
8 AM – Sunday morning bike racks will be removed.
*** Expect large crowds! Intersections starting at City Hall will open shortly after parade passes through as directed by Roanoke Police.***