City: Expect lots of traffic and fun for circus, parade, road races and block party

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Queen City is happening this weekend! Road closures and where to park.

Circus is coming to town.
Circus is coming to town this weekend.

MANCHESTER, NH – It will definitely be a circus  – THE circus, to be precise, as Ringling Bros. lands at the Verizon Oct. 2. But that’s not all that’s happening this weekend in Manchester.

So much is going on, the city has issued the following guide, in anticipation of  significant traffic delays – particularly in the Elm Street area and especially on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Here’s a link to the city’s on-street and off-street parking information, including where to find a parking garage.

Good news: Manchester Police Department has mapped out a time table so you can work around road closures and events, as follows:

* Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Verizon Wireless Arena 
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3, 2014 at  7 p.m.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11 a.m./ 3 p.m. / 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Noon / 4 p.m.

* Foot Race for the Fallen 
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Closure for Start Line on Valley Street (Lincoln Street to Maple Street) at 8:30 a.m.
Closure for Entire Route at 9:55 a.m.

Start on Valley Street @ DPW Building, West on Valley Street to Willow Street, South on Willow Street to Hayward Street, West on Hayward to Elm Street, North on Elm Street to Bridge Street, East on Bridge Street to Chestnut Street, South on Chestnut to Auburn Street, East on Auburn Street to Maple Street, South on Maple Street to rear entrance of Gill Stadium. Finish in Stadium.

* YMCA Block Party 
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11 a.m.

YMCA is hosting a “Block Party” on Mechanic Street outside their facility and will be closing down Mechanic Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Plaza Drive to Elm Street.

* ALS Walk-a-thon 
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The ALS Walk-a-thon is at Livingston Park on Hooksett Road There are no road closures associated with this event.

* Fire Prevention Parade 
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Noon
Route Closure at 11:55 a.m.

Start on Elm Street in area of Webster Street, South on Elm Street to Merrimack Street, East on Merrimack Street to Chestnut Street, Finishes on Merrimack Street @ Central Fire.

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