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

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday in downtown Winnipeg.
Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday in downtown Winnipeg. Mike Postovit/Corus Entertainment

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.

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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
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Yellow sections on a map included on City of Winnipeg website show the roads closed for the parade Saturday.
Yellow sections on a map included on City of Winnipeg website show the roads closed for the parade Saturday. winnipeg.ca

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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