(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 17, 2019) – Friday, October 18, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. will mark the start of the 99th anniversary for OSU Walk-Around. The Stillwater Police Department is responsible for providing security for the event. Stillwater Police have teamed up with Stillwater Emergency Management, Stillwater Fire Department, Payne County Sheriff’s Office, OSU Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma National Guard to provide safety and security for those visiting Walk-Around. During the event, visitors should expect to see enhanced security measures by officers and support personnel. Approximately 10 square blocks of city streets in the area of Walk-Around will be blocked off by barricades, personnel, and vehicles.
Sixty to eighty thousand visitors are expected on Friday, making Walk-Around our largest event of the year. If you are attending Walk-Around keep these thoughts in mind; Areas around the displays will be crowded and heavily traveled by pedestrian traffic. Children and adults can quickly become separated if not paying attention. Pets should remain at home. Large crowds and loud noises can stress your pet causing them to react in unpredictable ways and place them in danger of being injured. Further we recommend you not attempt to enter the crowded areas on bicycle, scooter, skateboard or other conveyance. Be sure to dress for the weather and stay hydrated. If you are parked inside barricaded areas, after 5:30 p.m., it is unlikely you will be able to get your vehicle out. Officers will not allow non-emergency vehicle traffic to enter barricaded areas. Attempts to enter blocked off areas could result in your arrest and your car being towed.
If you become aware of anything that concerns you do not hesitate to contact any of our officers or volunteers. Your ears and eyes can go a long way toward helping us ensure the safety of everyone attending this event.
On Saturday the Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. Once the parade begins, all intersections in the parade route will be closed. No vehicles, other than those participating in the parade, will be allowed to drive on the parade route. If you are participating in the parade, arrive by 7:30 a.m. This will allow you time to find your designated staging area and allow time for any last-minute staging adjustments.
Be safe and enjoy this weekend.
Jeff Watts, Chief of Police