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On Friday, November 29th, 2019 at 6:00 pm, the City of Sonora will hold the 36th annual Christmas Parade. This event will bring thousands of visitors to downtown Sonora.


Several streets will be closed before and during the parade including parts of State Route 49.  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 which will be closed.  The following are the major street and highway closures commencing at 5:30 pm:


  • South Washington Street at State Route 108 will be closed at Hospital Road.
  • North and South Washington Street (State Route 49).
  • Stockton Road (State Route 49) at Green Street.
  • Snell Street at Bonanza Street.
  • Restano Way at the Mono Way and South Washington Street intersections.


School Street between Washington Street (State Route 49) and Snell Street will be closed at 3:30 PM.


“No Parking” will be allowed on Washington Street from Elkin Street to Toby Street, between 4:00 PM and the end of the parade. “No Parking” will be allowed on Stockton Road between Washington Street and 70 Stockton Road, between 4:00 PM and the end of the parade. Special signs will be posted for these “No Parking” zones. Unfortunately, if you park in these areas, your vehicle will be towed.


There will be ‘No Parking” allowed on the side streets between Washington Street and Green Street, or between Washington Street and Stewart Street. This will include Elkin Street, Dodge Street, Jackson Street, Yaney Street, Bradford Street, Theall Street, Linoberg Street, Church Street, June Street, Gold Street, Williams Street, and Lytton Street. These restrictions will start at 4:00 PM and will conclude at the end of the parade. Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed as well.

If you are planning on attending the parade, the Sonora Police Department encourages you to arrive before 5:00 PM. This will allow you time to find parking and get settled before the majority of the street closures occur. Once the street closures occur, vehicles will not be allowed into the parade route area, even if you are a participant in the parade and running late.


Tuolumne County Transit will operate a special schedule with added pick-up locations for parade spectators. One of the main locations will be the Junction Shopping Center. For more information regarding their Christmas Parade schedule, as well as their special pick-up locations, you may call 209-532-0404, or log onto the Tuolumne County Transit website.


Following the parade, the route will remain closed for approx. 10-15 minutes to allow spectators to leave the area. Motorists can expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the conclusion of the parade, resulting in delays. If you have any questions regarding the street closures or the temporary no parking zones, you may call the Sonora Police Department at 532-8141.