November 24, 2014
The finishing touches are being put on the 2014 Johns Creek Founders Day Parade set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. It features 86 units, more than 2,000 participants, and WSB-TV reporter Mike Petchenik as emcee.
The parade, which celebrates the founding of the City of Johns Creek in 2006, typically draws about 10,000 spectators lining the parade route on State Bridge Road.
The 2014 Parade welcomes some perennial favorites, including the ever-popular Wienermobile, the "Seed and Feed Marching Abominables" - a street-theater marching band - the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums, the Shriners' mini-cars, and the Atlanta Braves' Homer the Brave and Heavy Hitters drumline, sponsored by Alcon.
In preparation for the big event, bands, vehicles, and floats are being assigned slots, volunteers organized, and a traffic plan implemented.
People who had planned to travel State Bridge Road on Saturday morning should consider alternate routes, such as Abbotts Bridge Road or McGinnis Road, from about 8 a.m. to noon.
The parade route will be closed in three stages from south to north until the 1.4-mile route between Morton and Kimball Bridge roads is blocked off. Closings include side streets. Traffic from Twingate Drive will be allowed to enter and exit State Bridge Road in the direction of Medlock Bridge Road. (See parade map.)
- 8 a.m. – State Bridge blocked off between East and West Morton roads. Morton Road is shaped like a horseshoe with both sides crossing State Bridge Road. That means motorists on State Bridge Road can use Morton as a detour to go around the closed segment and continue on State Bridge until about 9:15 a.m.
- 9:15 a.m. – Next segment of State Bridge Road, from West Morton Road to Jones Bridge Road, will be closed off. Jones Bridge remains open until about 10 a.m.
- 10 a.m. – State Bridge Road will be closed all the way from East Morton Road to Kimball Bridge Road. Roadblocks should be lifted by about noon.