“Celebrating Unwavering Courage” is the theme for this Friday’s Michigan State University (MSU)h parade.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. with Ernest Green as grand marshal. Green is an MSU alumnus and a civil rights activist. Green was also a member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of nine teens who helped integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
Community members are invited to don their green-and-white gear and line the streets of the parade route, which will begin at the Abbot-Burcham intersection and travel south on Abbot Road, east on Grand River Avenue, south on Farm Lane via the Collingwood Drive entrance and end at the intersection of Farm and Shaw lanes.
According to the East Lansing Police Department, the following streets and their intersections will be closed to accommodate the parade:
- Abbot Road, between Oxford Road/Whitehills Drive and Burcham Drive, from 2:30-7 p.m.
- Abbot Road, between Burcham Drive and Grand River Avenue, from 5:30-7:15 p.m.
- Burcham Drive, between Old Hickory Lane and Abbot Road, from 3-7:15 p.m.
- Grand River Avenue, between Abbot Road and the Collingwood Drive entrance to the MSU campus, from 5:30-7:15 p.m.
These streets near the East Lansing Hannah Community Center will also be closed Friday between 2:30-7 p.m. for parade staging:
- Centerlawn Avenue, from Forest Street to Abbot Road.
- Evergreen Avenue, from Centerlawn Avenue to Northlawn Avenue.
- Forest Street, from Centerlawn Avenue to Northlawn Avenue.
- Fern Street, from Evergreen Avenue to Abbot Road.
- Northlawn Avenue, from Forest Street to Abbot Road.
Roadway reopening times are approximate, and roadways will reopen once the last parade unit has passed through the route.
For more information about MSU homecoming, visit homecoming.msu.edu.