Those heading out today could encounter some road closures--especially if traveling in East Lansing.  The annual Michigan State University Homecoming Parade is set for tonight at 6 and streets and facilities in and around the area are being closed in preparation.

Parade theme: Spartans Making Headlines

This year's homecoming theme is "Spartans Making Headlines."  ESPN journalist Jemele Hill will serve as grand marshall.

The parade will begin at the Hannah Community Center and end at the intersection of Farm Lane and Shaw.

Road closings in preparation for the parade will begin as early as 2:30 this afternoon and run through 7:15 tonight. The closures, as listed by the City of Lansing, look like this:

● Abbot between Whitehills/Oxford and Burcham from 2:30-7 p.m.
● Abbot between Burcham and Grand River from 5:15-7:15 p.m.
● Burcham between Old Hickory and Abbot from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
● Grand River between Abbot and Collingwood Entrance from 5:15-7:15 p.m.
These streets near the East Lansing Hannah Community Center will also be closed:
● Centerlawn from Forest to Abbot from 2:30-7 p.m.
● Evergreen from Centerlawn to Northlawn from 2:30-7 p.m.
● Forest from Centerlawn to Northlawn from 2:30-7 p.m.

● Fern from Evergreen to Abbot from 2:30-7 p.m.

● Northlawn from Forest to Abbot from 2:30-7 p.m.
The statement also indicates that the East Lansing Hannah Community Center will close at noon today to allow the parking lot to be used for staging. The East Lansing Public Library will close at 3 p.m. due to the street closures.

Those looking for alternatives to navigate the changes today are advised to consider some other options:

All roads southbound off Albert between Durand and Abbot will be closed to thru traffic. Some roads leading to Abbot (Library, Centerlawn and Northlawn) will also be closed to thru traffic. Eastbound and westbound traffic should take Saginaw. Northbound and southbound traffic should take either Harrison or Hagadorn.

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