Parade, race will slow traffic in Manchester

March 25. 2018 12:12PM

Mr. T, a Yorkshire terrier, delights parade-goers while walking with other dogs as part of the Caring Paws Therapy Dogs unit during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manchester in 2017. (MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER FILE PHOTO)

MANCHESTER - Expect to see runners and parade marchers moving through the downtown today.

Portions of Elm Street and several side streets along the parade route will close as early as 11 a.m. to accommodate the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the 2-mile Shamrock Shuffle footrace.

Officials said the streets should reopen by 2 p.m., in part to accommodate traffic for the CHaD Battle of the Badges hockey game at 3 p.m. at the SNHU Arena.

Parking will be free in the city-owned Victory Garage and Millyard parking lots, officials said.

The parade starts at noon from the corner of Salmon and Elm streets and ends around 2 p.m. at Veterans Park.

"It's going to be busy and parking on the street in the downtown area will be limited," said city parking manager Denise Boutilier.

Lauren Smith, the director of policy and strategic outlook for Mayor Joyce Craig, said city officials and police made an effort to coordinate the events to avoid the gridlock that took place on the same weekend last year.

She said Craig will participate in the parade, but the avid marathoner won't be running in the Shamrock Shuffle.

"She hasn't been running," Smith said, "she complains about not running all the time."

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