Christmas parade winds through Charlottetown Saturday

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Bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and letters for Santa

Santa Claus will be leaving his busy elves in the North Pole and landing in Charlottetown on Saturday for the 14th annual Charlottetown Christmas parade.

The parade will begin at the UPEI entrance on University Avenue at 5 p.m., continue down University Avenue to Grafton Street, take a right on Grafton and end at the government buildings. The public is welcome to line the route to enjoy the seasonal music, sparkling lights and Christmas spirit.

Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the food bank by volunteers taking part in the parade, and children are encouraged to bring their letters for Santa as Canada Post employees will be collecting them along the way.

After the parade, the public is invited to drop in to the Charlottetown Mall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to meet Santa Claus.

There will be a number of road closures and no parking areas for the duration of the parade. Motorists are advised that sections of University Avenue, Grafton Street, West Street, Kent Street and Terry Fox Drive will be closed from 4:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the parade.

With these road closures, motorists will also be impacted on the cross streets. For example, traffic from Belvedere Avenue will not be permitted to cross through University Avenue and motorists on Queen Street will not be able to cross Grafton Street.

Organizations: Canada Post

Geographic location: Grafton Street, Charlottetown, North Pole West Street Kent Street Belvedere Avenue Queen Street

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