News & Events

Date and Time of Release: 24 November 2009

Date and Time of Incident: 27 November 2009

Subject: Annual Christmas Parade

27 Nov. 2009, will mark the City of Sonora’s 26th annual Christmas Parade. This event always falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day and is attended by thousands of on lookers. The Sonora Police Department is tasked with traffic control and security for the parade.

As a result of the parade, there will be street closures, traffic and pedestrian congestion, and detours. Below is a list of the street closures and the detours that will be in place during the parade. All detour routes will be marked.


• School Street will be closed from 3:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

• Washington Street will be closed to “ALL” traffic from the intersection of Snell Street to the intersection of Hospital Road from 5:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.

• Restano Way will be closed from 5:00 pm until approx. 8:00 pm.


• Southbound traffic on Washington St. will be detoured onto Elkin St., then onto Stewart Street, then up Mono Way.

• Northbound traffic on Washington St. will be detoured up Hospital Road to Mono Way and down Mono Way onto Stewart Street, then onto Elkin and back onto Washington St..

• “ALL” Eastbound traffic on Stockton Road will be stopped at Green Street and turned around. Eastbound traffic will detour up Forest Rd., then up Bonanza St. to Highway 49.

The goal of the Sonora Police Department is to ensure the safety of motorists, spectators, pedestrian and participants. The Police Department suggests that if you are attending the parade to arrive prior to the 5:00 pm street closures. This will allow plenty of time to find parking. If you are not attending the parade, you may want to avoid the downtown area to minimize your frustration with the large volume of traffic and detours.

Remember, following the parade there will be a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Take your time and be considerate. Normally, the traffic in the downtown area will clear out in approximately 30 minutes, so turn on some holiday music and enjoy the start of the holiday season while waiting.