Band parade set to close Arcadia streets – Will you be affected?

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Arcadia High School’s marching band and 40 other bands from across California will perform in Arcadia this Saturday, at the 64th Annual Arcadia Festival of Bands Parade. This year’s parade route will travel south on Baldwin Avenue from Huntington Drive, turn east on Duarte Road, turn north on El Monte Avenue and end on Campus Drive in front of Arcadia High School.

The parade will start at 9 a.m., but road closures will begin along the parade route at 8 a.m., and run to 1 p.m. Residents on Duarte Road between Lovell Avenue and El Monte Avenue will be able to from their homes out of the area with police assistance.

Furthermore, street parking will not be allowed along the band performance route from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and violators will be towed, police said in an advisory. Police also said that businesses on the south side of Duarte Road will be accessible from Naomi Avenue, while businesses on the north side could be accessed from Arcadia Avenue.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Avenue, and west of Holly Avenue will be able to use Huntington Drive and La Cadena to come and go from the area.

According to the Arcadia Music Club, the Festival of Bands parade is the longest-running band review in California. After the parade, a percussion festival and band awards ceremony will take place at Arcadia High School’s Salter Stadium.

“The Festival of Bands has a wonderful tradition of showcasing the finest high school bands in California and the nation,” the Arcadia Police Department said in a statement. “Arcadians are proud to act as host each year.”

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