The McKay High School Marching Band plays in last year’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. (KEIZERTIMES/File Photos)

Of the Keizertimes

Saturday’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer means there will be road impacts.

The parade goes southbound on River Road starting at Lockhaven Drive at 7 p.m. Saturday. The parade ends at the intersection of River Road and Weeks Drive.

The Keizer Police Department will have River Road closed for the parade. The impact starts at 3 p.m., when Lockhaven Drive North is closed to all traffic between River and McClure Street North to establish a parade staging area.

River Road will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic around 6 p.m. from Plymouth Drive to Lockhaven. Northbound River Road traffic will be diverted to Cherry Avenue N.E. via Plymouth Drive N.E. while southbound River Road traffic will be diverted eastbound on Lockhaven.

Prior to the parade and other events, traffic will periodically be allowed to cross River Road at Chemawa Road, Dearborn Avenue and Manbrin Drive.

River Road is expected to re-open around 9 p.m. as the parade continues southbound. Signs advising of street closures were expected to be up on Thursday.

An estimated 50,000 people filled River Road last year for the parade, which was moved from Salem to Keizer.