Downtown traffic will be rerouted for several hours on Jan. 20 for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, according to a press release from the Savannah Police Department.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of East Broad and Liberty Streets. Parade route streets will close to vehicular 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 disband area is located along Anderson and May streets. Parade route streets will close to vehicular traffic at 9:45 a.m.
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 will be completed by the evening of 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.
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 heading north until after the parade has cleared. Vehicles travelling north from south of Broughton Street and East of Broad Street can also take Randolph Street to Bay Street to travel to destinations north of Broughton or west of MLK.
Traffic is expected to be impacted until approximately 3 p.m. on parade day.