Halifax Regional Police will be out in full force to keep everyone safe this Natal Day weekend.
Officers will be on hand at many of the Natal Day celebrations throughout the long weekend, engaging with citizens and ensuring the events are safe and fun for everyone. Our Ports Unit will take to the water to maintain a safe perimeter around the MacDonald Bridge during Saturday’s fireworks display. On Monday, motorcycle officers from the Integrated Traffic Unit will be providing an escort for the 119th Annual Natal Day Parade and our usual contingent of officers and employees, led by HRP Colour Guard Officers, Police Horse Cruise and Blue the Crime Fighting Dog, are proud to be marching in this annual summer tradition.
A number of events require the surrounding streets to be closed and officers will be in place to keep participants safe and maintain street closures. Visit http://halifax.ca/mediaroom/pressrelease/pr2014/PSA-RoadClosures-BellAliantNatalDayFestival.php for a complete list of street closures.
There are several events this weekend that will result in closures to the MacDonald Bridge. The Halifax Harbour Bridges Natal Day Fireworks are on Saturday night and the bridge will be closed starting at 3 p.m. for pedestrians and 7:30 p.m. for vehicles which includes the bike lane. The bridge should reopen to all traffic at approximately midnight. During the closure shuttle service is available to cyclists and pedestrians. The Maritime Heart Centre MACPASS Miles is on Sunday and the bridge will be closed to vehicles from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. The 2014 Natal Day Parade and the Halifax Harbour Bridges 32nd Annual Bridgewalk take place on Monday and the bridge will be closed to vehicles from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
With all the activities planned to mark Natal Day, we expect heavier than usual vehicle and pedestrian traffic on our streets. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously, allow extra time to reach their destinations and be aware of the street closures. Pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks when crossing the street and to work in partnership with drivers to ensure the streets are safe for everyone.
Visit www.natalday.org for more information on Natal Day Events. We wish everyone a fun and safe Natal Day weekend.
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