Christmas City of the North Parade returns Friday

It begins at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Duluth.

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Members of Dreamdance Academy dance to "Gingerbread Man" by Yo Yo Yo Kids during the Christmas City of the North Parade in 2015.
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DULUTH — The Christmas City of the North Parade will return to Superior Street on Friday.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 10th Avenue East and Superior Street, the parade will continue along Superior Street to Fifth Avenue West.

The parade, hosted by Northern News Now, will be preceded by the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Lake Superior Plaza outside of the Allete and Minnesota Power headquarters on the corner of Superior Street and Lake Avenue.

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Both the parade and tree lighting will air on KBJR-TV and streamed on .

The late State Sen. David Tomassoni, who died in August from ALS at 68 , will posthumously serve as the parade’s grand marshal. His friends and family will march in his honor, Northern News Now said. The station is raising money for the ALS Association and donations can be made at .


Parade parking

In addition to parking meters being free after 5:30 p.m., free parking will be available in downtown ramps beginning at 5 p.m, according to Downtown Duluth. Access to the Michigan Street ramps will be limited by 6:15, but vehicles will be able to exit the ramps throughout the parade.

Ramps offering free parking include:

  • Fourth Avenue Auto Park — 402 W. Michigan St.
  • Duluth Transportation Center — 228 W. Michigan St.
  • Civic Center Ramp — 410 W. First St.
  • Tech Village Ramp — 10 E. First St.
  • HART Ramp — 122 E. Superior St.
  • Medical District Ramp — 302 E. First St.
  • Phoenix Parking Lot — 98 N. Fourth Ave. W.
  • St. Luke's Hospital Ramp — 1010 E. First St.
  • St. Luke’s Employee Parking Lot — 119 N. 12th Ave. E.
  • Fitger’s — 600 E. Superior St.

Access to the Fitger’s ramp and Pickwick parking lot will close by 5:45 p.m. and vehicles will not be allowed to exit during the parade.

No parking areas

The Duluth Police Department said cars left in the following areas after these times Friday will be tagged and towed:


  • The upper side of Superior Street near Fitger's.

3 p.m.

  • Both sides of London Road from 10th Avenue East to 14th Avenue East.
  • The upper side of London Road from 14th Avenue East to 17th Avenue East.
  • 12th and 13th Avenues East from London Road to Superior Street.
  • Jefferson Street from 13th Avenue East to 14th Avenue East.
  • The Rose Garden parking lot.

4 p.m.


  • Michigan Street from Fifth Avenue West to Fourth Avenue West.
  • Superior Street from 10th Avenue East to Fifth Avenue West.

Road closures

The Duluth Police Department said the following roads will close at these times Friday until approximately 8:30 p.m.

4 p.m.

  • London Road from 10th Avenue East to 14th Avenue East.
  • 1300 block of Jefferson Street.

5:30 p.m.

  • Superior Street from Eighth Avenue East to 12th Avenue East.

5:45 p.m.

  • Superior Street from Eighth Avenue East to Fifth Avenue West.

6:15 p.m.

  • Michigan Street will close to all traffic except buses and local residents.

This story was updated at 8:40 a.m. Nov. 17 to correct the website for ALS donations. The News Tribune regrets the error.

Jimmy Lovrien covers energy, mining and the 8th Congressional District for the Duluth News Tribune. He can be reached at or 218-723-5332.
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