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The world prepares to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali, 'The Champ'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People worldwide are getting ready for today's Muhammad Ali's procession and memorial service.

The procession is set to start at AD Porter funeral home at 9 this morning in southeast Jefferson County.

The 19-mile procession will pass several landmarks before "The Champ" is laid to rest. The procession includes a stop on I-64 in front of the Muhammad Ali Center, a stop at his childhood home and then to a request stop for a close childhood friend. It will end at Cave Hill Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

Many roads will be closed today for the 19-mile procession and memorial service downtown. For a list of road closures, CLICK HERE.

The memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets are no longer available.

Attendees at the Yum! Center and Freedom Hall are reminded they cannot bring animals. backpacks, banners, briefcases, car seats, illegal substances, large bags (larger than 14"x14"x6"), laser pens/pointers, outside food or drink, professional camera/detachable lenses, selfie sticks, and umbrellas with pointed tips.

Two large screens will be set up on the Belvedere for the public to watch the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. today.

The Louisville Water Co. will provide free water, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts lobby will be open for restrooms.

Ali, a Louisville native, died June 3 at age 74. He will be buried in a private ceremony at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

Some of the eulogists include Lonnie Ali, journalist Bryant Gumbel, actor Billy Crystal and former President Bill Clinton

Free transportation to the memorial service will be offered. Officials recommend taking a TARC bus in to town if you can. They say if you have to drive, they recommend parking at the Kentucky Expo Center and then have a shuttle take you to the arena. To receive the free ride,  just show the driver your tickets to the memorial service.

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