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On Saturday, May 12th, 2018 City of Sonora will be hosting the 61st annual Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse, Mother Lode Round-Up Parade. This event will bring thousands of visitors to the downtown area of Sonora.


Several streets will be closed before and during the parade, so people need to plan ahead if they are attending the parade or trying to get through town during the parade. Detours will be posted for those streets that will be closed. The following are the major street closures:


South Washington Street between Restano Way and Highway 108 will be closed at 8:00 am.


North Washington Street at Snell/Elkin to South Washington Street at Restano Way will be closed at 9:30 a.m.


All side streets between Stewart Street and Green Street will be closed at 9:30 a.m.

Portions of Snell Street and School Street will also be closed at this time.


Westbound Mono Way traffic will be detoured onto Stewart Street at Restano Way.  Vehicle traffic seeking access to Stockton Road will need to use Highway 108.


Residents living in the Tuolumne Street, Calaveras Street, Nevada Street and Oregon Street areas will be allowed access to their neighborhood from the Highway 108 at South Washington Street closure.


“No parking” will be allowed on Washington Street from Elkin Street to Toby Street, between 5:00 a.m. and the end of the parade. All side Streets between Green Street and Stewart Street will be no parking zones, as well School Street, Wykoff Street and portions of Snell Street. The parking restrictions also apply to Stockton Road between Washington Street at 70 W. Stockton Road (Cazadora Restaurant).  Special signs have been posted for “No parking” zones, and any vehicles parked in these will be towed.


If you are planning on attending the parade the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive before 9:00 a.m. to find parking and get settled.  Access for participant drop-off will be South Washington Street, south of Restano Way.  No access will be allowed from Mono Way after 8:30, and there will be absolutely no stopping and unloading from Mono Way once controls are in place.


Motorists traveling eastbound on Stockton Road will be detoured at Forest Road.  Those who continue Stockton Road will be turned around prior to the Green Street intersection.  Large tractor-trailer type vehicles who reach this point will be may have to remain parked until the conclusion of the parade.  Motorists can expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the conclusion of the parade so we ask for your patience and use of extreme caution when traveling in this area.


No glass alcoholic beverage containers will be allowed on the streets, sidewalks, or other public areas during this event.


If you have any questions, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.