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Chapel Hill Ready For Franklin Street's Halloween Crowd

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Take one costumed person and multiply by 75,000 and what do you get? Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Halloween.

Expecting tens of thousands of people to descend upon the town, leaders said Sunday they are ready for the crowd, and were reminding people that alcohol is banned and there would not be much parking available near downtown.

Approximately 364 officers from 16 different law enforcement agencies across the state will be on duty for the annual event.

Several downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 9 p.m., Oct. 31 -- when the bash is set to begin -- including:

  • Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street.
  • Columbia Street, from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue.
  • Raleigh Street, from East Franklin Street to Cameron Avenue (for a shuttle bus stop).
  • Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street.
  • Vehicles parked in the festival area will be towed beginning at 6 p.m., the town said. Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $103.

    Parking will be available in Town parking lots, including the Rosemary Street Deck, for $10 per vehicle. The town will also provide shuttle bus service from four Park-and-Ride Lots to two locations downtown for $5 (round-trip) and $3 (one-way trips):

  • Jones Ferry Road Lot in Carrboro to South Columbia Street at Cameron Avenue.
  • Southern Village (15-501 South) Lot to South Columbia Street at Cameron Avenue.
  • Friday Center Park-and-Ride Lot to Cameron Avenue at Raleigh Street.
  • University Mall to Cameron Avenue at Raleigh Street.
  • Besides alcohol, items such as paint, fireworks, animals and coolers are banned from the event. Anything that can be used as a weapon or even looks like one is also not allowed, even if it is part of a costume, the town said.

    The festivities are set to begin at 9 p.m. and end at about 1:30 a.m.


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