The 39th edition of Savannah’s MLK Day Parade is set to begin 10:00 Monday morning.
Organizers say 326 organizations are signed up for a place in the parade.
Savannah Police issued recommendations regarding the traffic and parking impacts on the public:
Monday, Jan. 21, downtown traffic will be rerouted for several hours as the Savannah Police Department closes streets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. from the intersection of East Broad and Liberty streets.
The staging area for the parade is located between East Broad and Price streets, from Liberty Street to Gwinnett Street. Staging area streets will close to vehicular traffic at 6 a.m. on parade day.
The parade travels north on East Broad Street to Broughton Street, west on Broughton Street to MLK Jr. Boulevard and then south on MLK Jr. Boulevard to Anderson Street where it will begin to disband. The disband area is located along Anderson and May streets. Parade route streets will close to vehicular traffic around 9:45 a.m. Streets may close earlier for public safety reasons.
Impacted streets will remain closed until the parade has cleared the area.
Posting of “No Parking Zone” notices will commence on Saturday, Jan. 19. Vehicles remaining in the no parking zones after 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Vehicles traveling to locations in the City of Savannah north of Broughton Street should enter from either I-516 or President Street. Vehicular traffic will not be able to cross Broughton Street until after the parade has cleared.
Traffic is expected to be impacted until approximately 3 p.m. on parade day.
“There will be a police presence throughout the City to include the MLK Jr. Day celebration in the downtown area,” said Special Events Sgt. Dana Purvis. “We want everyone to stay safe and enjoy the festivities this holiday.”