EAST PEORIA — There will be a new ending location for this year's Festival of Lights parade.
The 2017 parade will start in the usual location at the intersection of East Washington Street and Dolans Lane. It will continue along its traditional Washington Street route, turning left at the intersection with Camp Street.
Then it changes. The lighted floats will turn right from Washington onto Taylor Street and continue along Taylor in front of Central Junior High School, ending at Taylor Street and Springfield Road at the U.S. Post Office.
A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available along Taylor Street in designated spots.
"We realize the downtown area had a lot of people watching the parade, but there were other areas along the route with less spectators," Festival of Lights Chairman Doug McCarty said in prepared remarks. "A major reason for the change was the number of state highways running through the city that had to be closed for the parade. Keeping Illinois State Route 116 open will help with overall city traffic flow, particularly at the Main and Washington streets intersection, and reduce the number of detours. This new route is also a more efficient use of city resources."
The parade begins at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 18.