MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) has announced that due to construction at Cornell’s Small Multi-Sport Center, the 2021 Heritage Days Parade staging area has been moved.
The staging area will now be on the Myrt and Bill Bowers property, 203 Old Lincoln Highway. Parade participants can be dropped off beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the Bowers property. The property and the immediate area surrounding it can temporarily accommodate floats, marchers and other parade vehicles.
A small team of volunteers led by Police Chief Doug Shannon will be on site directing traffic and assisting with the parade line-up. The parade itself will begin promptly at 11 a.m. The parade route has not changed (see attached map).
Parking will not be permitted on the property. Marchers and other parade participants can be dropped off at the Police Department, 380 Old Lincoln Highway; or at Lincoln Way Park (at the base of the Old Lincoln Highway Bridge). It is a short walk from either location to the Bowers’ property.
Traffic on Mount Vernon Road will not be altered until the start of the parade. Once the parade starts, police officers will be positioned at 1st Street West and Scobey Road to stop eastbound traffic.
“Heritage Days is a big event, and Saturday, July 10, will tie up traffic along 1st Street throughout the day,” said Joe Jennison, Director of Main Street and Marketing for the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG). “Changes like this happen with festivals and events, and we are asking everyone to exercise patience and caution as we attempt to pull off our first Heritage Days since 2019.”