Police, businesses gear up for Torchlight Parade

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 11:20 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Thousands were expected in Downtown Spokane for the Lilac Armed Forces Torchlight Parade Saturday night. Meanwhile, Spokane Police and business owners were preparing for the flood of people.

Josh Hissong’s new Japanese ramen restaurant ‘NUDO,’ across from the Davenport Hotel, opened this week. Hisong knew this would be a busy weekend, so he made sure he had reinforcements.

“We're excited about this parade this weekend,” said Hissong. “It will be our first chance to see a large group in front of us.”
   
Spokane Police officials said with all the activity Downtown, including the musical Wicked, people should plan on arriving early.

According to SPD, the Washington-Stevens couplet will close at 4:30 so the alternates to get into Downtown are Division and Maple-Ash. The rest of the parade route closes at 5:30, and the entire route will not close until well after the parade.

People parked at a meter with a red bag on it will be towed starting Saturday morning. Cars at yellow bags will get towed if they are not moved before 4pm Saturday.

As for Josh Hissong, he hopes that doesn't happen to anyone but would love for people to venture out Downtown and try something different at NUDO.

 

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