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Mar 9, 2017

Parking/Traffic Advisory - Downtown - Saturday, March 11

LEXINGTON, KY (March 9, 2017) – There is so much happening in downtown Lexington this weekend that residents and visitors are advised not to count on “the luck of the Irish” to find parking, but should plan to arrive early and carpool if possible. Especially on Saturday, March 11th, as thousands of people are expected to come downtown to attend multiple events taking place at the Lexington Convention Center, Rupp Arena, the Lexington Opera House and throughout downtown Lexington.

Activities start in the morning with the 8 am Shamrock Shuffle 3K, followed by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 1 p.m. 

In addition to the city-planned festivities, the following events are scheduled to take place at Lexington Center venues:

• Approximately 14,000 people are expected Saturday at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention (Comic Con), taking place at the Lexington Convention Center. The event is open to the public throughout the weekend. Event times are; Friday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Winter Jam, a contemporary Christian concert, with a projected attendance of 12,000 – 15,000 will occur on Saturday evening. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:00 p.m.

• The Lexington Opera House will host multiple performances of Scapa Dance. The first show will be Friday night at 7:30 p.m. followed by two performances on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

According to Bill Owen, President and CEO of Lexington Center, “People should plan to arrive early and allow extra time to find a parking spot.  We expect the parking lots around Rupp Arena to fill up very early in the day on Saturday. People should be able to find ample parking in alternative lots throughout downtown:  http://www.lexingtoncenter.com/plan-your-visit/parking

“Downtown Lexington will be the place to be this weekend with events for all ages!”

For more information, contact the Lexington Center, (859) 233-4567, or visit www.lexingtoncenter.com


St. Patrick’s Day Events

Shamrock Shuffle 3K (8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.)
Saturday, March 11th
6:30 a.m. - 9:00a.m.   Registration
7:30a.m. -  9:00a.m.   3K Run

Street Closures
Mill Street will be closed between High Street and Main Street
      Vine St. will be closed from Mill St. to Midland Ave.
      Midland Avenue will be closed from Third to Main Street
      Main Street will be closed from Midland Ave. to Upper St.

Parade (start time 1:00p.m.)

Saturday, March 11th

Street Closures 11:00a.m. to 2:30p.m:
         Midland Ave. will be closed between Third St. and Main St
         Main will be closed from Midland Ave. to Mill St.                                                     


­­­­­­­­­­­Lexington Comic & Toy Convention – Heritage Hall
         Friday, March 10th – 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
         Saturday, March 11th – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
         Sunday, March 12th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Winter Jam – Rupp Arena
         Saturday, March 11th  - 6:00 p.m. – 10: p.m.

Scapa Dance – Lexington Opera House
         Friday, March 10th – 7:30 p.m.
         Saturday, March 11th  - 2p.m. and 7:30 p.m.