The annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 6pm on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has released the following information to remind the community to comply with local laws.
• Allow plenty of time to find legal parking, and consider using public transportation. All parking laws will be enforced and illegally parked vehicles will be subject to tow.
• Sidewalk areas and center medians cannot be reserved with personal property until 5pm. During previous parades, the placement of personal items along the parade route has created pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic issues, in addition to causing problems for businesses. In an effort to prevent accidents or injuries, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, personal property found along the parade route prior to street closures may be confiscated at the direction of the LBPD and taken to the Bayshore Library for pick-up after the event.
• Local law strictly prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property (sidewalks, medians, roads, etc.), and anyone found in violation will be subject to citation or arrest
• Municipal and Penal Code sections in regards to under-age drinking and/or possession of alcohol will also be enforced.
• Street vendors selling items without a business license are also subject to citation or arrest and may have their property confiscated.
• Those dispensing of Silly String may be cited for littering.
• Signs notifying the community of potential enforcement action will be posted along the route and inside most businesses.
• Parade goers are reminded to report any suspicious activity immediately to the nearest officer or by calling 9-1-1.
Affected street closures and times are as follows:
• Livingston Avenue will be closed from Ocean Boulevard to Second Street at 2pm. for staging parade participants.
• At 4pm., all north/south streets from Quincy to Claremont avenues will be closed up to the immediate alleyways that run parallel to 2nd Street on both the south and north sides.
• Second Street will be closed from Livingston Drive to Bayshore Avenue at 5pm.
• The LBPD anticipates all roads being reopened to traffic by 11pm.