SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Downtown Savannah traffic will be affected for several hours on Monday, Jan. 20 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.
The parade begins at 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of East Broad and Liberty streets. Parade route streets will close to traffic at 9:45 a.m. Impacted streets will remain closed until the parade has cleared the area.
The parade travels north on East Broad to Broughton Street, west on Broughton to MLK Jr. Boulevard, and then south on MLK Jr. Boulevard to Anderson Street, where it will begin to disband. The disbanding area is located along Anderson and May streets.
The staging area for the parade is located between East Broad Street and Price Street, from Liberty Street to Gwinnett Street. Staging area streets will close to vehicular traffic at 6 a.m. on parade day.
Posting of “No Parking Zone” notices along the parade route was completed on Friday, Jan. 17. Vehicles remaining in the no parking zones after 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
It’s one of the biggest parades Savannah has all year police estimating around 350 entries.
“We have a large crowd that gathers at the end and has a general rule, it’s not unruly," said Sgt. Jason Pagliaro, the Special Events and Emergency Manager for Savannah Police. "It’s a good family event. It’s a wonderful parade for a wonderful reason and we tend not to have a whole lot of issues with it, so we will have some barricades up, that’s more for public safety to keep them out of the roadways.”
If your home or business was affected by the Savannah State homecoming parade, you’ll be impacted by this one too as they use the same route.
Police want to warn people about one thing.
“We’re going to start towing vehicles around six a.m, so remind people to have their vehicles off the route and out of the staging area at six a.m. Don’t try to set an alarm and beat us out there," Sgt. Pagliaro added.
Pagliaro said this is an event that the Savannah Police Department really looks forward to, despite the extra preparations it may take.
“Those of us that are actually in the parade enjoy being in it and those of us at the end of the parade that are tearing everything down enjoy talking to people on their way out the door and it’s just an all-around good time.”
Police aren’t sure how many people come to watch, but they expect a large crowd for the 41st annual celebration here in Savannah.
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