Santa Claus is coming to town, which means downtown road closures

It’s most wonderful time of the year for a lot of Winnipeg families, but the annual Santa Claus Parade might be more of a headache for some local drivers.

The parade hits downtown Winnipeg Saturday afternoon, and as a result, a number of roads will be closed.

The city said Wednesday that the following roads will be closed from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday:

  • Portage Avenue from Sherbrook Street to Main Street
  • Portage Avenue East from Main Street to Westbrook Street
  • Hargrave, Colony, Vaughn, Kennedy, Edmonton, Garry, Fort, Carlton, Donald and Smith Streets will all be closed at Portage Avenue
  • Main Street southbound between McDermot Avenue and Graham Avenue
  • Main Street northbound between St. Mary Avenue and Portage Avenue
  • Pioneer Avenue westbound between Main Street and Westbrook Street
  • Westbrook Street southbound between Portage Avenue East and William Stephenson Way
  • William Stephenson Way eastbound between Main Street and Waterfront Drive

Winnipeg Transit will also re-route buses in the vicinity of the parade from 1:30 to 11 p.m.

The Santa Claus Parade, which has been a Winnipeg winter staple for over a century, was on the verge of cancellation this year due to financial struggles, but received the funding they needed in the nick of time.

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