Palm Coast - To improve traffic flow into and out of this Saturday's Starlight Parade, the City of Palm Coast is planning several strategies related to traffic flow, temporary road closures and parking.

The parade will start at 7 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave., with pre-parade activities beginning at 4 p.m.

Westbound Central Avenue, from Park Street (near Central Park) to the Publix Shopping Center near Belle Terre Parkway, will be closed to traffic at 3 p.m. (except for parade participants who need to line up) to allow for parade staging. Eastbound Central Avenue will remain open until 6 p.m.

Bulldog Drive northbound from State Road 100 to Central Park will close at 6 p.m.

Eastbound Central Avenue (from Central Park toward Town Center Boulevard) and southbound Bulldog Drive will remain open until the parade starts at 7 p.m.

Parking will be available throughout Central Park, except that corner spots at the turns of the parade route will be coned off to no parking so that floats can make the turns. Overflow parking will be available near the corner of Central Avenue and Bulldog Drive and at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Arrive early for the best parking!

The parade route will begin near the round-about on Central Avenue (near entrance to the Landings Apartments) and head east; turning north onto Park Street, east onto Lake Avenue, and south on City Place; then continuing south of Bulldog Drive.

No one parked in the Central Park vicinity will be able to leave until the parade is over. Roads will not be opened back up until the parade is over, which is when the fire trucks at the end of the parade pass by. Vehicles will need to remain in their parking spaces until public safety officials open the roads.

As the fire trucks pass at the end of the parade, vehicles parked on Park Street and along Lake Avenue near City Hall will be directed to exit along Central Avenue toward Belle Terre. Vehicles parked on City Place and in the overflow lot at Central/Bulldog must remain parked until the parade is finished. Traffic and parking will be heavy on Central Avenue between Bulldog and Town Center, but that section of Central will remain open to traffic.

The public is asked to be patient and to follow instructions from public safety personnel. It is the City's goal to improve traffic flow this year to make the entry and exit from the parade the best experience possible for the thousands of residents and visitors who will enjoy the Starlight Parade.

This year's Starlight Event & Parade is presented by Palm Coast Ford, and the Palm Coast Observer is also sponsoring the celebration.

The day kicks off with the pre-parade Starlight Event from 4 to 6:45 p.m. featuring live entertainment and fun for families. The parade will start at 7 p.m. sharp. The pre-parade entertainment - to be offered at the main stage at Central Park - is as follows:

·         4-4:15 p.m. - DJ Vern kicks off the Starlight Event

·         4:15 p.m. - Santa arrives; visits 4:15-6:30 p.m. (Parents should bring their own cameras for photos.)

·         4:15-4:30 p.m. - VertiFit Aerial Arts Show: Silk Solo, Silk Duo, and Lyra Duo

·         4:30-5 p.m. - MHS Thespian Club

·         5-5:15 p.m. - FPC Dance

·         5:15-5:45 p.m. - Performance by the FPC Formality Singers

·         5:45-6 p.m. - Shane Patrick solo artist performance

·         6-7 p.m. - Games and entertainment by DJ Vern

For more information, visit www.palmcoastgov.com.