NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The annual Norfolk NATO Festival is returning this week. The theme this year is ‘A Show of Unity.’

Numerous events are scheduled throughout the city between April 28 and April 30, 2022.

The Norfolk NATO Festival is an international celebration that dates back to 1953. It highlights NATO’s influence and impact in the Hampton Roads region and honors the NATO Alliance and its member nations.

NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and Joint Force Command (JFC) Norfolk, both located at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, serve as NATO’s only two commands on the continent, making Norfolk NATO’s home in North America.

The following key events are free and open to the public:

Several streets in Downtown Norfolk will be closed to traffic during the parade. View this year’s route map at this link.

Hampton Roads Transit says routes Routes 6, 45, and 960 will be detoured during Saturday’s Parade of Nation, from 7:30 a.m. until approximately noon and will not service the MacArthur Light Rail Station bus stop on City Hall Avenue during this event. All MacArthur Station passengers must board/disembark at the Route 8 bus stop 6094 Bank and Plume located in front of the Fountain Park Garage. The routes will detour as follows:

Routes 6, 45, & 960

Outbound
Via St. Paul’s Boulevard
R – Main St.
R – Bank St.
Service stop at Bank & Plume
R – City Hall Ave.
Regular Route

Inbound
Via Market Street to Norfolk Transit
L – St. Paul’s Blvd.
R – Main St.
R – Bank St.
Service stop at Bank & Plume
R – City Hall Ave.
Regular Route

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