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Atlanta Police Prepared for Multiple Labor Day Weekend Events

Post Date:08/29/2019 10:00 AM
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Contact: Carlos Campos
Public Affairs Unit
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apdpublic-affairs@atlantaga.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2019

Atlanta Police Prepared for Multiple Labor Day Weekend Events 

ATLANTA –  The Atlanta Police Department is ready for Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends in the City of Atlanta. APD recommends city residents and visitors be mindful of events beginning Thursday, August 29, with the Downtown and Midtown areas experiencing the largest crowds. We urge everyone to anticipate increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow and allow extra time for traveling in the city. 

Several hundred thousand people are expected to attend major events through Monday, to include Dragon Con, Atlanta Black Pride, Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, Taste of Soul Atlanta and LudaDay Weekend. Other smaller events are taking place throughout the city at various locations. In addition to Downtown and Midtown, large crowds can be expected at Piedmont Park, Lakewood amphitheater, Lenox Square and other city landmarks and destinations. 

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. 

“Labor Day weekend in Atlanta offers a broad variety of events that bring our communities together with a common goal of celebrating our diverse passions,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We encourage everyone to enjoy the events responsibly and know that our officers are out there working to keep them safe.” 

Below are tips to assist in the safe and efficient navigation of the City of Atlanta during the holiday weekend:

  • Event-goers should be mindful of their surroundings and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity.
  • Travel smart by taking MARTA, ride-share/taxi services or carpooling to your destination.
  • Remove all valuables from vehicles to deter criminals attempting to break-in and steal items.
  • If you decide to drink alcohol and need to travel, designate a sober driver or use ride-share/taxi.
  • Check event websites for information about backpacks, food and other restrictions.
  • When walking from one area to another, it is best to stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups.
  • Move to the street if not using your feet, all scooter riders must travel in the street or in a lite individual transport lane (formerly known as a bike lane) and obey all traffic laws.
  • Do not allow firearms to fall into the hands of criminals, by not leaving them in unattended vehicles.

 

Be sure to follow the Atlanta Police Department on social media for traffic alerts, safety tips and other helpful information for an enjoyable experience. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Partial Listing of Events

Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2019 

  • Dragon Con
    Host hotels: Hyatt Regency, Hilton Atlanta, Marriott Marquis Atlanta,
    Sheraton Atlanta and Westin Peachtree Plaza.
    Digital resources and Dragon Con app: https://bit.ly/2Pe9D0Z

Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, 2019 

  • Atlanta Black Pride Weekend
    Host hotel: Georgian Terrace, 659 Peachtree St. NE
    Full list of events: https://bit.ly/1NI2ZEp 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

  • Dragon Con Parade

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Start location: Linden Ave. at Peachtree St.
    Expected Crowd: 3,000 

  • Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game – Duke University v. University of Alabama

    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Mercedes Benz Stadium
    Expected Crowd: 50,000 

  • Florida Georgia Line, Dan and Shay

    7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Lakewood amphitheater
    Expected Crowd: 12,000 

  • Dragon Con Night
    7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Georgia Aquarium
    Expected Crowd: 2,000 

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta & LudaDay Weekend
    12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    10 Northside Dr.
    Expected Crowd: 5,900 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

  • Pure Heat Community Festival – Atlanta Black Pride Weekend event
    12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Piedmont Park
    Expected Crowd: 20,000

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Our mission is to create a safer Atlanta by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our citizens and building trust in partnership with our communities. 

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