Providence offers free parking to holiday shoppers

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Holiday shoppers in Providence are being invited to park for free in several of the capital city's business districts.

The office of Mayor Angel Taveras says the free parking will start the day after Thanksgiving, known by retailers as Black Friday.

Drivers will be allowed to park for free for up to two hours between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in any of several commercial districts.

They include most of downtown and areas of Atwells Avenue, Olneyville Square and Broad Street, and on the East Side Hope, Thayer and Wickenden streets, Wayland Square as well as other areas.

The mayor's office says drivers must still obey other parking rules, such as not parking in crosswalks or tow zones.

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