SAVANNAH, GA (February 9, 2017):  Downtown traffic will be affected for several hours Feb. 10 as the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police close roads for the annual Georgia Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.

As part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony by James Edward Oglethorpe on February 12, 1733, students, musicians, local dignitaries and costumed historical figures will march through Savannah’s historic squares from Forsyth Park to City Hall along Bull Street. This tradition dates back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding. There will be a brief ceremony in front of City Hall once all of those participating in the parade have arrived.

Bay Street will be closed between Whitaker and Drayton streets during the ceremony. Students will disperse with their schools from the intersection of Bay and Bull streets once the ceremony concludes.

Normal traffic flow will resume by 1 p.m.