This year’s homecoming parade at Tennessee State University will take a detour from its usual march down historic Jefferson Street.
Although university officials say the change is more about crowds than crime, some nearby residents see it as a way to curb the violence that occurred during last year’s parade. And they’re OK with that.
“People are getting shot, hurt, pushed over, older people are getting hurt,” said Scott Robinson, who works at College Crib, a Jefferson Street store that sells Greek apparel.
He admits moving the Sept. 29 parade might hurt some businesses that rely on the extra revenue from people attending the parade, but he said something had to be done.
The new route will start on Dr. Walter S. Davis Boulevard, in front of Gentry Center, and turn right at Ed Temple Boulevard. From there, it will go down John A. Merritt Boulevard, turn onto 33rd Avenue and end on Albion Street.