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Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade
Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Annual Festival of Lights Parade is to provide a safe, enjoyable, and quality family environment, in and on the streets of downtown Douglas.

On September 5, 2017, the City of Douglas Public Information Department will begin to accept registrations for the Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.  The parade theme will be “A Starry Night.”  The annual parade will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

“We chose a theme this year with hopes to see how everyone envisions a starry night,” says Georgia Henderson, Public Information Director.  “We encourage everyone to look outside the box to create floats with lots of lights and unique designs that create a memorable “Starry Night” for everyone to enjoy and love. We would like to see a record number of floats this year from our churches, industries, and local businesses.”

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the parade will begin at 6:00pm on Peterson Avenue, with lineup beginning from the First United Methodist Church to Walker Street.  Applications are available beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the City of Douglas Public Information Department, located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue. 

For more information about the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, please call (912) 383-0277 or .


On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the parade will begin at 6:00pm on Peterson Avenue, with lineup beginning at 4:00p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  Floats should line up in the parade route on the west (right hand) lane of Peterson Avenue. 

The parade will end at South Georgia State College.  Entries, including floats, will make a right turn off Peterson Avenue into South Georgia State College onto College Park Drive.  College Park Drive will be a one-way street during the parade.  Floats and entries with children who need to be picked up, will remain on College Park Drive and stop at the designated “drop-off” area for children to exit floats and be picked up by parents.  Entries that do not have children/riders on a float, will proceed up College Park Drive and exit either by Wheeler or Shirley Avenue.  Entries that need to disband prior to exiting the college, should pull up College Park Drive onto the right or left side.  Peterson Hall will be open for restrooms or in case of inclement weather.

Parents of children who will be riding on floats should plan to pick their children up from Quincy Circle’s grass area in front of Peterson Hall.  Parents must park their vehicles either in the Brooks Road parking lots or in the Childs Circle parking spaces.  After parking their vehicle, parents will have to walk to Quincy Circle (the grass area in front of Peterson Hall) to pick up their child.  Once receiving their child and returning to their vehicle, parents will exit on Brooks Road or Child’s Circle by following the road to College Park Drive.  Once at College Park Drive, parents will turn left and exit the college either by continuing on Shirley Avenue or by turning left onto Wheeler Avenue.

No skateboarders will be allowed to participate in the parade.   No sex offenders will be allowed to participate nor enter the parade.  Registrations will be checked by the Douglas Police Department and the Georgia Sex Offender database. 

Entries without lighting will be pulled from the parade route. To maintain the overall effect of the nighttime parade, ALL entries must be thoroughly decorated with lights and follow the “A Starry Night” theme.  Clowns, bands, dignitaries, pageant winners, marching units, drill teams, and colorful performing groups are excluded from this rule. 


Mayor Paulk and Ms. Pegues

During the City Commission meeting on Monday, October 9, 2017, Mayor Tony Paulk extended an invitation to Ms. Sharnae Pegues to be the 2017 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade Grand Marshal.

Mayor Paulk read, “Our city is very proud of how you have represented yourself and this community, as you were selected as the Boys & Girls Club of the Coffee County Region Youth of the Year, Boys & Girls Club of America Georgia Youth of the Year of the Southeast Region, further qualifying, advancing, and competing for the national title in Washington, D.C. Your compassionate spirit has been an inspiration, touching many lives within, and beyond, this community.  As a result of your hard work, a standard has been set, whereby many youth can aspire to become leaders. You are truly a “Star” in our eyes and our entire City Commission salutes you for making our community shine brighter for future leaders.  We thank you for being an exemplary young person, who deserves to be celebrated for your excellence in service and academics. Each year the City of Douglas, along with the Douglas-Coffee Chamber of Commerce and Coffee County Commission, selects a Grand Marshal for our Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade. As the Mayor of Douglas, along with the County and Chamber, we extend an official invitation to you, Ms. Sharnae Pegues, to be our Grand Marshal, leading our 54th Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.” 

Ms. Pegues graciously accepted and will lead the parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at 6:00pm.


These are only a general listing of the rules and regulations, for the full listing of Parade Rules and Regulations, click here.

Participants are responsible for obtaining spaces for decorating and building the floats.  Parade will end at South Georgia State College.  For directions on end of parade route and disbandment, please click here.   

PARADE LINEUP - The parade will begin in the west or right lane at the First Methodist Church and continue south on Peterson Avenue beginning at 4pm. HORSES MUST HAVE AN ENTRY FORM ON FILE AND PROVIDE CERTIFICATE OF NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST.

PARADE DECALS - Decals will be given out as you register.  The decal should be visible from the right front windshield on parade night.  

FLOAT DIMENSIONS - Floats must not exceed 20 feet in width and must not be taller than 15 feet (overall height – traffic clearance).  Maximum float length is 55 feet.  Traffic light clearance is 15.5 feet. 


FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - At least one five-pound dry chemical or 10-pound carbon dioxide fire extinguisher should be placed within easy reach of the float driver.

FLOAT & VEHICLE DRIVERS - All drivers must be licensed and adequately trained to drive their float.  

SPONSOR NAME, BANNERS, AND FLOAT THEME - All units MUST identify themselves so parade viewers, judges, television coverage cameras, and program announcers can easily read the name of the unit or sponsor at a distance of 100 feet.

REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FORM - All entries (no exception) must have an entry card on file.  A description of entry is required at time of registration.

FLOAT RIDERS - No children under the age of twelve can ride on a float in the parade without direct supervision of an adult on the float.  NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWELVE ARE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHIN THE PARADE “LINE OF MARCH” WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION.

NO CANDY THROWING is allowed during the parade.  Walkers may hand out candy.

PARADE ETIQUETTE - During the parade, individuals and organizations are expected to perform courteously, in good taste, and with safety in mind at all times.  No smoking or alcoholic beverages of any kind will be allowed in or on the float or tow vehicle.  No skateboarders.  No sex offenders. 

COSTUMED CHARACTERS - No Santa Claus will be allowed, however, float builders are encouraged to use costumed characters on floats. (Santa is featured at the end of the parade by the event sponsors).

2017 Parade Entries

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