On Friday, November 29th, the annual Catch the Glow Parade will light up downtown Estes Park. The parade route will begin at the West Park Center and travel east on Elkhorn Avenue. At 4 p.m. the Estes Park Police Department will close Elkhorn Avenue between Far View Drive and Spruce Drive. At 5:15 p.m. the remainder of the route along Elkhorn Avenue will be closed. The parade will turn right at the U.S. 36/U.S. 34 intersection, traveling to Colorado Hwy. 7 and ending at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. At that point the floats will continue to the Fourth Street entrance of the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park.
The Elkhorn Express trolley will provide free service from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride to the Estes Park Visitor Center to Bond Park on Elkhorn Avenue from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. This loop takes about 20 minutes during normal traffic. The trolley will suspend service during the parade to join the floats. Guests and local residents are encouraged to use the free parking at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride on Manford Avenue or the Estes Park Visitor Center and catch the trolley to avoid parking difficulties downtown during these events. For more information, contact the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900.
Side streets along the parade route remain open during the parade, but access to the parade route will be prohibited until the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway. Motorists will not be able to leave parking lots along the parade route until the parade has passed. To bypass the downtown area, motorists may use alternate routes including the Moccasin bypass, Graves Avenue, Community Drive, U.S. 36 to Mall Road, U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue, and Wonderview Avenue. Wonderview Avenue will serve as an alternative to downtown for eastbound traffic on U.S. 34 and westbound traffic from U.S. 36.