CLINTON — With Friday’s Riverboat Days parade forced to an alternate route, Clinton police want residents to be aware of parking restrictions that will be enforced.

Because the 2006 RBD parade will contain walking units and marching bands, parking will be prohibited along all portions of the parade route.

The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Seventh Avenue South and Ninth Street. It will travel north on South Ninth Street to Fifth Avenue South.

At Fifth Avenue the parade will turn east and proceed to North Third Street. At Third Street the parade will turn north and travel one block to disband at Clinton Park.

The 2005 parade began in Lyons, working its way across Main Avenue and south on Second Street through downtown Clinton. However, much of Second Street currently is the designated detour for U.S. 30. while the Mississippi River bridge is closed.

Driving units will be staged in the East (Commons) Parking Lot at Clinton High School starting at 4:30 p.m. Walking units and marching bands will be staged at North Field at 5 p.m. Equestrian units will be staged at the former Franklin School property, further west on Eighth Avenue South, also at 5 p.m.

All driving units should check in at Seventh Avenue South and Eighth Street. School buses should unload in the 900 block of Seventh Avenue South.

The parking ban, which will be marked with temporary signs, will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Any vehicle parked anywhere on the route between those hours will be ticketed and a wrecker will tow the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

Clinton police officers will be stationed along the route to enforce the ordinance.

Handicap parking will be provided from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South. Vehicles with handicap parking permits will be allowed to park in this block provided the front bumper is facing the curb.

Due to safety concerns, vehicles will not be allowed to back into the parking stalls. Vehicles parking with the back bumper to the curb will be directed by an officer to leave the stall.

No parking and handicap parking only signs will be posted to designate those areas where parking is prohibited or restricted.

As the end of the parade and a public service officer passes by, normal parking will be restored.

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