Metro talks SSU parade route, safety measures

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah State University will celebrate homecoming with a parade at 9 a.m.

While the Tigers are partying downtown, the parade will put a stranglehold on traffic. Sergeant Eddie Grant with the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department said vehicle owners should be aware of the parade path.

"Any vehicles that are in that area will be subject to being towed at the owner's expense," he said. "We don't like towing cars, but we have to clear the roadways in order for the parade to proceed safely through the streets."

Police will begin to close streets as early as 8 a.m. Saturday and no parking signs have already been placed downtown.

The staging area will be at East Broad Street and the parade will run from East Oglethorpe to the intersection of Broughton Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Police urged the community and visitors to take heed of the parade route and closures. Residential and visitor parking will also be impacted.

"We try to encourage everyone to get here early. The parade does start at 9 a.m., but we will start closing streets as early as 8 in the morning to vehicular traffic just to keep everybody safe," said Sgt. Grant.

Police want to make sure security measures wouldn't put a damper on their weekend.

"The officers will be out there in abundance for both your safety and the safety of those in the parade itself," said Sgt. Grant.

Savannah Chatham Police Department says they plan to do everything to make sure students and the community are safe, especially following recent incidents nationally. Students said that they aren't afraid and they trust the police department to do what they have to do.

"Hopefully, they will do what they are supposed to do to make sure everyone is safe," said Shavonda Gordon, Cosmetology Student.

"Safety is a very important thing and that is one thing they have been expressing all homecoming week," said Kya Epps, Mass Communications Major.

Sergeant Grant did not release details on all of the security measures for confidential purposes, but he wanted the public to know that the city is covered.

"In the unfortunate event that something did happen, the officers will be there and ready to respond to it," he said.

He also wanted to leave a message with the general public.

"We take heart in planning for any incidents that would happen and the officers are trained to respond to any incidents that may happen and we will be out there," he said.

Police want students and the public to come out and enjoy themselves and not have to worry about security and their safety.

The map below describes the parade route.

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