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Parade, concerts and football headline busy weekend in the city

Post Date:11/30/2018 10:47 AM



 Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs Unit

226 Peachtree St SW 5th Floor
Atlanta, Ga. 30303

Contact: Carlos Campos

Director Public Affairs Unit

Parade, concerts and football headline busy weekend in the city


ATLANTA – The Atlanta Police Department is urging both city residents and visitors to be mindful of a number of major events taking place over the weekend in the City of Atlanta, with activities expected to draw nearly 400,000 visitors into Downtown and Midtown beginning tonight. 

The weekend activities kick off tonight with an Elton John concert at State Farm Arena at 8 p.m. and a repeat performance on Saturday, also at 8 p.m. Concert attendees will be arriving for the Saturday performance just as the SEC Championship football game between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama is ending at nearby Mercedes Benz Stadium. Kickoff for the game is expected at 4 p.m. An SEC Fanfare event is also scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center. 

Earlier Saturday, the annual Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade begins at 10:20 a.m. at Peachtree and 16th Street and is expected to end at Peachtree and 5th Street. The Department anticipates re-opening all streets by 12:30 p.m. A list of street closures can be found here. 

On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons host the Baltimore Ravens at Mercedes Benz Stadium at 1 p.m. There will be other, smaller events at the Fox Theater, Georgia Tech, Tabernacle and Georgia World Congress Center this weekend.

The Department encourages anyone attending these events to take MARTA, carpool or use rideshare services and to plan ahead in anticipation of traffic congestion and street closures.

Atlanta Police officers will be highly visible in the city to help protect the public, ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible and respond to any public safety needs. 

“Atlanta Police officers will be visible and alert,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We want everyone to have a great time celebrating the holiday season and feel comfortable knowing we are on the job.” 

As always, event-goers should be mindful of their surroundings, keep an eye on their belongings and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity. 

Please help prevent theft from vehicles by removing all valuables in plain sight. Officers routinely respond to reports of laptops, smartphones, cash, tablet computers, purses, firearms and other valuables stolen from unattended vehicles. Leave these items at home or take them with you to avoid becoming a victim of this preventable crime. If you bring a firearm into the city, please make sure you secure it in a gun safe or lock attached to a secured part of your vehicle that will also allow you to hide the firearm from view. Your glove compartment, floorboard or console are not appropriate locations to store guns and personal items as it takes seconds to break a window and take your valuables. 

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