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Tauranga CBD road closures today

Orange Day Parade is taking place in the city today. File photo.

A number of Tauranga Central Business District's roads will be closed from 7am to 11am today.

This is to allow more than 760 local students to flood the city streets to encourage road safety and active travel in their communities.

Tauranga and Western Bay primary and intermediate schools will assemble along The Strand near to the Masonic Park by 9.15am, for the official Orange Day parade opening address by Tauranga Acting Mayor Tina Salisbury.

At 9.30am, students will parade through the inner-city streets with banners they have specially designed in their schools.

“In its 13th year, this celebration acknowledges students who have been working throughout the year to promote road safety and active travel within their school communities,” says a statement from Tauranga City Council.

“Temporary road closures will be in place for 30 minutes or so as students make their way through inner-city streets.”

The affected streets are Wharf St, Willow St, Grey St and Elizabeth St.

The Strand and Devonport Road will be closed from 7am – 10.30am.

The Strand car park will be closed until 11am.

“People are asked to make alternative arrangements for parking.

“Retailers, friends and family are encouraged to show their support by assembling along the route by 9.30am.

“Travel Safe in partnership with NZ Police and attending dignitaries will award trophies for the best banners at the Edgewater Fan (on the waterfront) at the end of the parade just after 10am.”

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