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Parking, assembly restrictions announced for Wednesday's Coast Guard Academy graduation

New London — Parking restrictions will be in place for several city roads Wednesday during the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The 11 a.m. ceremony, which is not open to the general public, will feature Vice President Kamala Harris as the keynote speaker

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, there will be no parking on River Ridge Road, Deshon Street, Nameaug Avenue, Oneco Avenue, Farnsworth Street, Winchester Road and Uncas Avenue. The parking restrictions will remain in effect until later in the day at the discretion of the police department.

Parking tickets will be issued and vehicles towed, police said in a statement. Riverside Park will also be closed to the public beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday until later in the day at the discretion of the police department.

Members of the public will be allowed to assemble at the following locations: McKinley Park located at the corner of Williams Street and Crystal Avenue; the grass parcel on Williams Street, just past the overpass at Williams and Briggs streets; and the grass parcel located across the street from the main gate of the USCGA (in front of the fence). Individuals will not be permitted to congregate past the main gate.

For safety and security purposes, police said any attending members of the public who wish to assemble in the designated areas are not allowed to wear full masks/face-covering items of any sort, signs utilizing sticks and/or posts, backpacks and/or bags, or amplified noise devices unless permitted by the City of New London.

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