Charlottesville Dogwood Parade Today

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The 65th annual Dogwood Festival in Charlottesville kicked off on April 10th, and is still in full swing. Carnival rides at McIntire have been running since then, and will continue to run through tomorrow. Last night was the Vietnam Memorial Rededication. And today, LogoApril 26th, marks the day for the dogwood parade in downtown Charlottesville:

Charlottesville Dogwood Festival heralds spring

Celebrate spring in the city with the 65th annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
The festival began as a way to focus on Charlottesville as a hub within the community of Central Virginia…

If you have plans for going out today you should be aware that a number of roads have been closed off for the parade:

Dogwood Parade to Close Charlottesville Roads

The Charlottesville Dogwood Parade kicks off Saturday, April 26, at 10:50 a.m. The parade starts on McIntire Road, then make its way up Market Street, around 7th Street NE and down High Street. …

This also affects some of the routes for public transportation in Charlottesville, so you should expect delays:

Charlottesville Dogwood Festival Parade to Disrupt CAT Service

 Charlottesville, Virginia 4/23/2014: In light of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival Parade, several Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) routes will experience delays and detours on Saturday, April 26th. The detours will last from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. …

If you don’t have plans for today I highly recommend attending the parade – it’s far too beautiful out to stay indoors. You could also consider spending your evening attending the Dogwood Queen’s Ball tonight at 8:00. Take the night off and let a Charlottesville limo service take you. Arrive in style while letting someone else fret with the traffic complications. What could be better?