POA announces new Fiesta Day parade route

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Canyon Lake will celebrate its 45th annual Fiesta Day on Saturday, May 26. This year’s theme “Cheers to 50 Years”  is a celebratory one in honor of the POA’s 50th anniversary of serving the Canyon Lake community.

Due to safety regulations mandated by CALFIRE, there will be changes to the parade route and event access this year.

The new parade route will begin at Mayflower Drive and Canyon Lake Drive North at approximately 9 a.m. The parade will make its way down Canyon Lake Drive North and turn right onto Vacation Drive. New this year, parade announcements will take place at the corner of Vacation Drive and Canyon Lake Drive North as this is the best viewing point of the parade.

From Vacation Drive, the parade will make its way to its new end point, Lighthouse Drive. Parade participants can either park or pull over to unload passengers on Lighthouse Drive or continue down Lighthouse Drive to Canyon Club Drive and on to Canyon Lake Drive North to exit the parade/event. Canyon Club Drive and Lighthouse Drive will not be designated as one way this year, so parade participants unloading passengers will be asked to pull-off to the side of the road and not block traffic.

Parade participants will be assigned to one of four staging areas: Spray Drive, Smugglers Point Drive, Sloop Drive or Clearwater Drive. Line up starts at 7 a.m.

Due to safety issues identified by CALFIRE, only emergency vehicles and authorized personnel will be permitted to come into the event area, which begins at Canyon Club Drive and Lighthouse Drive. With this new requirement, golf carts will not be allowed to enter into the event area. Golf carts will be able to park on surrounding streets around the event area and take the golf cart shuttle into the event.

The designated handicap parking spaces that were formerly set up outside of the lodge will not be available this year; however, there will be 23 designated handicap parking spots available at the Holiday Harbor parking lot along with a wheelchair accessible shuttle bus picking up patrons to shuttle them to the event. The shuttle will drop off riders at the corner of Canyon Club Drive and Lighthouse Drive where riders can walk into the event or ride the golf cart shuttle into the event, near the kids zone.

Fiesta Day has been an annual tradition in Canyon Lake for more than 40 years. The event attracts more than 5,000 spectators. In addition to the parade, Fiesta Day will feature more than 100 vendors, entertainment, food booths, kids zone and ski show.

For more information, visit the Fiesta Day on Facebook or the Fiesta Day website at canyonlakefiestaday.org.

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