MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The annual Shriners parade has moved to Friday night. That will affect traffic along Ocean Boulevard.
The floats and drivers will be staging along 7th Avenue South to 12th Avenue South between South King Highway and Ocean Boulevard. Staging will start at 5:00 p.m.
The parade will officially start at 6:00 p.m. The parade will run from 12th Avenue South to 29th Avenue South along Ocean Boulevard. Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby says all traffic will be blocked along the parade route from 6:00 p.m. to around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
We're asking motorists to please be patient with us," says Lt. Crosby. "We will have the officers and volunteer at strategic locations along the parade route to try and accommodate people getting across Ocean Boulevard as quickly as possible."
There will be barricades along the parade route. Driveways will not be blocked, but officers will not allow pedestrians or drivers to cross until there is a safe gap in between floats.
"The primary focus of using the barricades is for the safety of the participants in the parade and the spectators," says Lt. Crosby. "In parades past, we've experienced where spectators will leave the sidewalks and come out into the roadway. In this particular parade, it has a lot of small cars that do maneuvers during the parade itself. So we're trying to keep the spectators safe and also the participants safe."
The Myrtle Beach Ambassadors will be along the sidewalks to provide information to bystanders and answer any questions. Volunteers from the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will be helping police officers at intersections direct traffic.
Back in 1973 a group of Nobles met in Greensboro, North Carolina with the idea of forming a new Shrine Association. They represented nine Temples from across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The first conference of the South Atlantic Shrine Association in 1974 was held right here in Myrtle Beach. There are currently 18 shrines across the southeast that are now involved in this convention.