PHOENIXVILLE - Police are warning all motorists not to park along the parade route for the Dogwood Festival Parade after 12 noon on Saturday, May 15.

"We want to have as clear of a route as possible," said Police Chief John Kalavik. "This will only happen if everyone doesn't park along the parade route. We will ticket and tow any cars parked along the route after 11 a.m. until the end of the parade."

The parade route starts on Franklin Avenue at Grant Street and continues over the Gay Street Bridge until turning left on Bridge Street.

It will then travel to Main Street where it will turn right and continue onto Fifth Avenue.

While some parade participants will be throwing candy into the crowd, Chief Kalavik said parents should be vigilant of their children.

"Parents shouldn't allow their children to run into the street for candy during the parade," said Kalavik.

Due to the parade, the SEPTA 99 Bus route, both eastbound and westbound, will be temporarily detoured today from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Eastbound traffic will go from Nutt Road to Main Street, continue on Nutt Road, left on Manavon Street, left on Starr Street. Westbound traffic will go from Bridge Street to Starr Street, left on Starr Street, right on Nutt Road to Main Street.

Church Street, from Jackson Street to Starr Street, will be two-way traffic from 11 a.m. to after the parade.

Chief Kalavik said that with a bit of precaution, everyone should have a good time and the town will look good for it.

"This is a community event for our town," said Kalavik. "What a nice way to show outsiders how great Phoenixville has become. Safety, common sense and good conduct will only help build Phoenixville's reputation as an up-and-coming place to live and raise a family."

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