The 109th Astoria Regatta Festival will be from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11.

This year's Regatta will feature the U.S. Bank Astoria Grand Land Parade, which will be held noon Saturday in downtown Astoria.

The parade will start at 17th and Exchange streets. The parade will go one block north to 17th and Duane Street, where it will turn west. The parade will go west until Eighth Street, where it will turn north a block to Eighth and Commercial. The parade will go east on Commercial to 16th Street, where it turns south and disbands at 16th and Exchange.

MORE INFO.For more information, contact Jeff Newenhof, Parade Chairman, Astoria Regatta Association. (503) 338-0976. e-mail: (parade@astoriaregatta.org) Several downtown streets must be closed, and traffic rerouted to accommodate the parade. Working with the Astoria Police Department, Astoria Public Works Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Regatta Association has developed a traffic plan that helps minimize the impact of the parade and still allows residents and visitors to travel around the city, said Jeff Newenhof, parade chairman

The parade will be organized in the area from 20th Street west to 17th Street, along Exchange Street and side streets up to Franklin. Regatta Association volunteers and Astoria Police Department officers will limit access to this area to parade entries only.

Access to Columbia Memorial Hospital will be available from the west from Marine Drive, turning right on 20th Street to get to the hospital and from the east along Exchange from 23rd Street.

Parking will be not be available on the parade route Saturday morning after 8:45 through the end of the parade. Vehicles parked along the parade route need to be removed by their owners before 8:45 a.m. or the vehicles will be towed.

To accommodate traffic through downtown Astoria, Marine Drive will be turned into two-way traffic from Eighth Street to 16th Street starting at 11 a.m. until the parade is over at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The Astoria Regatta Association appreciates the understanding and cooperation of the community with the traffic restrictions before and during the parade, Newenhof said.

"With four marching bands, including two bagpipe bands, floats and beauty queens, and lots of pirates, clowns and fire trucks, this year's U.S. Bank Grand Land Parade is shaping up to be one of the best ever," he added.

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