NEW BRITAIN – As city officials prepare for the Celebrate New Britain 150 Years Downtown Street Festival, they ask residents to follow guidelines regarding the festivities this weekend.
The Celebrate New Britain event will kick off with a parade on Friday, starting at 6 p.m. downtown. It will continue Saturday from noon until 10 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
Police Captain Matthew Butkiewicz released a statement Wednesday announcing parking restrictions and road closures. Police ask residents to anticipate a delay in travel in the areas surrounding downtown. Officers will be posted at various intersections to assist with traffic. Prior to the arrival of the procession, officers will escort vehicles allowed along the route to cross over Broad Street and Main Street intersecting the parade.
All of Broad St. and Main St. and segments of Burritt Street and Franklin Square will remain closed on Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday at 6 a.m., road closures will be in effect on Main Street at Chestnut Street, Court Street at Main Street, Bank Street at the roundabout, Columbus Boulevard at the roundabout, Main Street at the north end of the Main Street overpass, Columbus Boulevard at Washington Street and West Main Street at South High Street. These closures will be in effect until Sunday evening.
Burritt Street will be closed between Martha Street and Myrtle Street. Clinton Street will be closed at Albany Avenue with no access to Broad Street. North Street will be closed at Sexton St with no access to Broad Street or Main Street. The intersection of Arch Street and Chestnut Street will be closed at Main Street. Elm Street and Franklin Square between Chestnut Street and Pearl Street will be closed.
Parking will be available at Badolato Garage, 25 Washington St. Enter from Washington Street, exit onto Columbus Boulevard. Szczesny Garage, 35 Bank Street. Enter from Bank Street or Chestnut Street, and Linda Blogoslawwski Garage, 14 Liberty Square.
Mopeds, bicycle riding, skateboarding, roller-skating, roller-blading, dogs and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited from the festival area.