Several roads will be temporarily closed during the Colorado State University Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.
The parade route moves along Howes Street, south of Mountain Avenue through Laurel Street and onto the CSU Oval. Once on campus, the parade travels around the west side of Oval Drive, onto West Drive and then University Avenue, heading west to Meridian.
Major street closures and recommended alternative routes follow.
– At 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, streets in the downtown area will be closed and cleared of any parked cars. Please observe "No Parking" signs posted in the area. The impacted streets, which will reopen as the area clears of floats starting at 6 p.m., are:
– Howes Street, south of Cherry and north of and including Mountain Avenue
– Meldrum Street, south of Cherry and north of Laporte Avenue.
– Maple Street, west of Mason and east of and including Meldrum.
– Laporte Avenue, west of Mason and east of Meldrum.
– Mountain Avenue, west of Mason and east of Meldrum.
To avoid the area, drivers are encouraged to use Cherry or Oak streets for east-west routes and Mason or Sherwood Streets for north-south routes.
Howes Street, south of Mountain Avenue, will be closed at 4 p.m. for the parade and will reopen after the parade at about 6:30 p.m. North-south traffic may use College Avenue or Shields Street.
Additional street closures along Howes Street, the parade route, begin at 4 p.m. The streets will open once the parade between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Impacted streets are:
– West Oak Street
– West Olive Street
– West Magnolia Street
– West Mulberry Street
– West Myrtle Street
– West Laurel Street
Prospect Road or Cherry Street offer east-west traffic alternatives that avoid the parade route.
– Meridian Avenue through the Colorado State University campus also will be closed at 5 p.m. for the duration of the parade.
People whose vehicles are towed from the parade route or staging area should contact Fort Collins Police Services at (970) 221-6540 to find out how to reclaim vehicles.
Parking Services at Colorado State University is anticipating a significant increase in demand for parking during the parade and the Homecoming Festival which follows on the Lory Student Center West Lawn. The university is encouraging the use of alternative transportation to and from campus. It is recommended that visitors to campus for the event consider parking at the Moby Arena lot 195; Bay Farm lot 635, which is south of the Fort Collins Hilton; metered lot 310 between the Engineering Building and Rockwell Hall; the off-campus parking lot at John XXII at 1220 University Ave. west of Shields Street; and the city parking garage at Mason and Laporte, ideal for those planning to view the parade from downtown.
The Associated Students of Colorado State University is sponsoring a Bike to Class/Work day for campus on Friday. Those who bike to campus are invited to stop by the Lory Student Center Plaza for coffee and donuts starting at 8 a.m.
Transfort also will detour from several standard stops during the parade and parade staging, beginning at noon on Friday and ending at 7:30 p.m.
– Route 2 will not stop at Meridian and Lake, Whitcomb and Prospect, or Prospect and Sheeley.
– Route 3 will not stop eastbound on Pitkin Street.
– Route 7 will include a temporary bus stop at the southeast corner of Lake and Meridian to offer an alternative to passengers who typically use impacted stops in the area.
– Route 15 will not stop at Howes Street, the Howes post office, Meldrum Street, Mason or Olive.