This year’s Clemson Holiday Parade is scheduled to be held today (Tuesday Dec. 4). The theme for this year’s parade is “Parade of Lights.” The rain date is planned for Thursday, Dec. 6. Sponsored by the City of Clemson’s Parks and Recreation Department, this time-honored tradition is sure to attract crowds and will impact area roads and transit.
Here’s what you need to know:
Those leaving campus after 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 — and those coming to campus for evening classes and activities — should plan their routes carefully to avoid delays and street closures. Event activities will begin at 5 p.m. with pre-parade festivities on College Avenue between Highway 93 and Keith Street.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on S.C. Highway 93 (Hwy. 93) at Bowman Field. The parade route will span north on College Avenue, ending at Strode Circle.
Road closures will begin at 4:45 p.m. in the following location:
-93 northbound and southbound closed between Cherry Road and Williamson Road.
Additional road closures will begin at 5:50 p.m. in the following locations:
-College Avenue closed between Keith Street and Edgewood Ave.
-The traffic arm on Calhoun Drive, at Brackett Hall, will remain activated until after the parade to deter motorists from traveling toward barricaded areas.
Those parked in the Sikes Hall area will be directed to exit via Parkway Drive onto Cherry Road, at the President’s Home.
At the start of the parade, access will be blocked between College Avenue and all side streets, including North Clemson Avenue, Sloan Street and Keith Street.
All barricades will remain in place until the conclusion of the parade around 8 p.m.
Clemson University police and the City of Clemson police departments will oversee the barricades and direct traffic to provide a safe environment for parade participants and viewers — many of them children — to assemble for this annual holiday event.
Those traveling the Clemson Men’s basketball game this evening should use Perimeter Road.