At least 50,000 expected for Clemson’s parade and celebration
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend a parade on Saturday at Clemson as part of a continued celebration of the school’s College Football Playoff National Championship win.
The Clemson University Police Department is working with multiple agencies, including the Clemson Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, to keep traffic moving and crowds under control, said Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon.
“We’re not just going to let them run rampant. We’re planning for 50,000 to 60,000 people. It’s hard to tell how many, though,” Dixon said. “We’re basing that off what we had downtown the night of the game and on Tuesday for the homecoming. We’re sort of gearing our estimated number off of those two events.”
The parade will begin at the intersection of College Avenue and Keith Street at 9 a.m. and will follow S.C. 93 toward the athletics district before turning down Centennial Boulevard and ending at Gate 5 at Memorial Stadium. Inside the stadium, coach Dabo Swinney and players Deshaun Watson and Ben Boulware, among others, will be speaking.