McMinnville Police Department wants to remind motorists of parking restrictions during the Christmas parade next weekend.
The parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 3. Police will be restricting parking from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The parade is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. The street will be cleared of parked vehicles ahead of time.
McMinnville Police Major Mike Lane says the department does not allow vehicles on the street for the enjoyment of onlookers and the safety of everyone.
“We do this for safety purposes,” said Lane. “It also allows people to see the parade as it passes without vehicles obstructing their view.”
Before the department started restricting parking, vehicles would line the street on both sides and people would have to get in between the parked vehicles or into the street in order to watch the parade.
No parking will be allowed on Main Street, from Chancery Street to just past McMinnville Fire Department. The parking restriction will include Court Square.
Spectators are encouraged to park behind the Chamber of Commerce, behind Hoover & Son Insurance, beside the Farmers Market, and in the public parking lot on Spring Street.
For more information about the parade, call McMinnville Parks and Recreation at 473-1212.