SAVANNAH, GA (January 30, 2019):  Downtown traffic will be affected for several hours this coming Friday, February 1 as the Savannah Police Department closes roads for the annual Georgia Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. at Forsyth Park.

As part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony on February 12, 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe, a tradition dating back to the earliest years of the colony’s founding; students, musicians, local dignitaries, and costumed historical figures will march through Savannah’s historic squares from Forsyth Park to City Hall along Bull Street. 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.

Traffic flow should return to normal by 1 p.m.