The annual Christmas parade through downtown Houston will have a new route and travel a different direction this year.

Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell said the changes were made to keep vehicles from traveling through the parade – scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 – before it concluded like the previous year. The new route also eliminates going through the same intersection twice.

McNiell, who made the changes after discussions with parade coordinator Mandy Adey, said the parade will travel this route:

  • Begin in the parking lot at Hiett Gymnasium and travel east on Pine St.
  • Turn south on First St. and continue to Chestnut St.
  • Turn east on Chestnut and continue to Grand Ave.
  • Turn north on Grand Ave. and continue to Walnut St.
  • Turn west on Walnut St. and continue to the connecting road, which is unnamed, back to the gym parking lot.

To control traffic flow, McNiell said officers will block all intersecting roads between Grand and First Street inside the parade route – Chestnut, Mill, Steffens, Pine, Main and Walnut – at 1:45 p.m. and remove them as the parade clears the area. A barricade will also be placed at the corner of Ozark and Bryan to keep traffic away from the area.

McNiell said officers will be at each major intersection of the parade route. He said volunteers will be at other connecting streets.

The parade will be streamed online at www.houstonherald.com/live.

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