Valparaiso Police have issued a traffic alert for Saturday's Popcorn Festival. Some road closures begin tonight. Here's the full news release:
The Valparaiso Police Department is issuing a traffic alert for Saturday due to the annual Popcorn Festival downtown Valparaiso. Many roadways throughout the city will have heavier than normal traffic and many roadways especially in the morning will be closed for the Popcorn Panic and Popcorn Parade.
Downtown roadways will begin closing Friday evening. Starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Lincolnway from downtown west to Campbell St. then north on Campbell to Glendale will be completely closed to traffic for the Popcorn Panic race/walk. Roadways will re-open shortly after the race/walk concludes and then re-close just prior to the parade starting at 10 a.m. The parade route includes Calumet from Evans south bound on Morgan Blvd. to Lincolnway then west bound to Campbell St and northbound to Park Ave.
Bicycles, skateboards and pets such as dogs, are not permitted in the downtown area during the festival. Individuals with these items will be asked to leave the festival by police.
Residents should expect traffic delays during the morning hours and plan alternate routes of travel on Saturday.