Gilbert Days Parade, races to bring street closures Nov. 20

Gilbert Days will bring a series of road restrictions and closures to town Nov. 20. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Days will bring a series of road restrictions and closures to town Nov. 20. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Days will bring a series of road restrictions and closures to town Nov. 20. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The annual Gilbert Days Parade, and Gilbert Half Marathon and 10K will take place Nov. 20, resulting in road restrictions and closures throughout Gilbert.

Rolling street closures will be in effect around Gilbert from 6 a.m. until noon to accommodate the parade and road races.

The Gilbert Half Marathon will begin at Higley High School at 7:30 a.m. and is anticipated to end at the Gilbert Public Schools District parking lot no later than 11 a.m.

The parade will head south at 8:30 a.m. on Gilbert Road from Juniper Avenue to the Gilbert School District building just south of Elliot Road. The parade is anticipated to conclude by 11:30 a.m. and Gilbert Road is expected to reopen at noon.

Parking on Gilbert Road is not permitted at any time, but parking will be available at various locations in the Heritage District, including the Vaughn Avenue and Hearne Way parking garages.


Bus service may be delayed during these events. Certain bus routes will be detoured to accommodate the parade and half-marathon.

Some businesses may be open during the events, but vehicles will not be allowed onto Gilbert Road beginning at 6 a.m., including business deliveries. Open businesses are only accessible from the surrounding streets and/or by foot.

Neighborhoods may experience increased traffic during the events. Neighborhoods along the half marathon route will be accessible through at least one or more neighborhood entrances and exits at all times.

Residents living in areas on the parade route that are only accessible by Gilbert Road will not be permitted access to Gilbert Road between 6 a.m. and noon. Emergency access will be available.

The complete list of closures can be found on the town’s website.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.