The 30th annual African American History Parade is set to roll this weekend and police want you to keep some things in mind before heading out to the celebration..
The parade will roll out at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Here is some important information you need to know.
This year’s parade will be starting at the intersection of Milam Street at Common Street and run the following route: Begin eastbound on Milam Street to Market Street, turning northbound onto Market Street and traveling north to Texas Street where the parade will then turn westbound onto Texas Street heading west until it reaches the intersection of Texas Street at Common Street, where the parade will end.
Parade day street closures
At 8 a.m. the following streets will close:
Common Street @ Crockett (N/B) and Common Street @ Travis (S/B). Louisiana @ Texas, McNeil @
Milam, Marshall @ Texas, Edwards @ Milam, Milam Street beginning at the intersection of Lawrence Street (West boundary) to Milam @ the intersection with Spring Street (East boundary). Texas Avenue from Common Street (West boundary) to Market Street (East boundary). Closures will include Sprague Street to Douglas Street and Douglas to Milam Street too.
Beginning at 9 a.m., traffic travelling southbound on North Market/Highway 1 from I-220 will encounter a
dynamic message board at the intersection of North Market and North Hearne Ave. directing all commercial vehicles to detour onto North Hearne Avenue and follow North Hearne to I-20.
There will be another dynamic message board displayed on Market Street prior to the intersection with Traffic Street. Traffic that continues to flow South on Market Street, into the downtown Shreveport area, will encounter a uniformed officer, and barricades, that will be set up at the intersection of Travis Street and Market Street.
All traffic will be directed to turn Westbound onto Travis Street. Traffic will follow detour signs to Pete Harris Drive, where vehicles will be directed to turn South on Pete Harris Drive.
Drivers will then be directed, by signs, to turn West on Abbie Street then South on Allen Avenue. Traffic will flow to the intersection of Murphy Street. At this intersection, drivers can elect to take the entrance ramps to I-49 South, I-20 West or East/West on Murphy Street.
Drivers coming from Bossier into downtown Shreveport via the Texas Street Bridge will encounter barricades, manned by a Police Officer, at the intersection with Spring Street. All traffic must turn Northbound onto Spring Street, beginning at 9 a.m. In addition, traffic flowing Northbound on Spring Street will not be allowed to turn West onto Milam Street starting at 9 a.m.
* Over 60 law enforcement officers from the Shreveport Police Department will be working the parade.
Officers will be in patrol cars, on foot, on horses and on motorcycles to assist .
* No alcohol will be allowed along the parade route.
* No glass bottles or containers will be allowed on the parade route.
* No one may cross parade barricades during the parade.
* No animals are allowed within 200 yards of the parade route, except service animals.
* No dangerous objects or silly string.
* No one may throw anything at a parade float.
* Large flags or banners are not allowed within 50 feet of the parade route.
* No underage possession of alcohol. Violators will be subject to arrest.
* No public nudity will be tolerated. Violators will be subject to arrest.
* Don’t leave children unattended! Make plans to meet up at a particular location in case children become
separated from guardians during the parade.
* Do not fight or struggle over beads.
* Keep a safe distance from the floats.
* Keep valuables at home, don’t leave them in your vehicle and make sure cars are securely locked.
* Don’t take purses or wallets to parades. Keep money and I.D. in pants pockets.
* Extinguish hot coals after cooking. Do not dump hot coals on the grass.
* Obey all traffic signs and directions from officers.
* Use common sense and treat others like you would want to be treated.