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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade under way

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Parade route map (Source: SCMPD) Parade route map (Source: SCMPD)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Spectators have lined the streets of downtown Savannah on Monday morning to see marching bands perform and floats on display as part of the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Parade.

WTOC's Dawn Baker and E. Larry McDuffie will emcee the parade.

The parade starts at West Gwinnett Street then goes onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,  then down Broughton Street and onto East Broad Street, where the parade will end.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have announced road closures and towing zones along the parade route.  

Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, the parade staging area at West Gwinnett Street at MLK Boulevard will be blocked off to vehicle traffic. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade route will be blocked off to vehicle traffic.

The three main affected street closures will be parts of Martin Luther King Boulevard, East Broughton Street and East Broad Street.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at West Gwinnett Street at MLK Boulevard. It will end at East Broad Street at East Liberty Street between 1 and 2 p.m. 

Police will be setting up barricades in certain areas of the parade route starting at 6 a.m. Monday. The barricades have been used locally in the past and have proven to help reduce foot traffic, according to SCMPD.

Police recommend drivers avoid parking on any of the streets affected by the parade.

SCMPD have announced these road closures, which will reopen as the parade passes:

  • MLK Blvd. will be closed north of Gwinnett Street to East Broughton Street.
  • East Broughton Street will be closed between MLK Blvd. and East Broad Street. 
  • East Broad Street will be closed between East Broughton Street and East Liberty Street. 
  • Vehicles parked on the street in the affected areas will be towed at the owner's expense. 

Watch WTOC-TV and WTOC.com for complete coverage of the parade. Share your Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and event photos by sending them to pics@wtoc.com.

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