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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.

Beginning September 1, 2016, the City of Douglas Public Information Department will begin to accept registration for the 53rd Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.  The Parade theme will be “Peace On Earth.”  The annual parade will be on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

“We chose a theme this year with hopes to see everyone join together to promote peace and unity in our community,” says Georgia Henderson, Public Information Director.  “Entries are encouraged to build floats based upon peace, hope, compassion and charity, all of which are God given gifts to mankind.  We would like to see more involvement from our Churches, industries and local businesses.  We encourage everyone to look outside the box to create floats with unique designs and flare that create memorable moments for all to enjoy and love.”

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the parade will begin at 6:30pm on Peterson Avenue, with lineup beginning from the First United Methodist Church to Walker Street.  Applications are available 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


Parade Theme: PEACE ON EARTH
2016 Christmas Parade Theme



Chief Gary Casteloes, Sheriff Doyle Wooten, SFC Chad Woods

The City of Douglas, Douglas Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and the Coffee County Commission are proud to announce the Marshals for the 53rd Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.  Local law enforcement officers will represent their agencies as the Grand Marshals for the Parade which will begin at 6:30pm at the Coffee County Courthouse on December 3rd.

Peace On Earth, the theme for this year’s parade, is the wish that many have for peace and unity of mankind throughout the world,” says Mayor Tony L. Paulk.  “Our local law enforcement agencies were chosen because we need to show our appreciation and support of all their efforts in our community.  It seems only be-fitting that since the parade theme is Peace on Earth that we honor law enforcement who serve and protect us.” 

Representing the Douglas Police Department, Chief Gary Casteloes, has over 34 years in law enforcement.  He began his work in law enforcement in 1982 with the Moultrie Police Department and worked up the ranks to Deputy or Assistant Chief.  In 2009, he joined the City of Douglas as Chief of Police.  Chief Casteloes has worked in every facet of law enforcement from Beat Officer and Narcotics to SWAT and Management.  He currently holds several Georgia Police Officer certifications which include Specialized Law Enforcement and Executive Certification.  Chief Casteloes is on several local boards and continues to give back to our community.

Sherriff Doyle Wooten will be riding representing the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department (CCSO).  Sherriff Wooten, began his law enforcement career in 1975 with Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and retired with the State Probation Office in 2011.  He assisted with creating the Victim’s Rights Group for Coffee County and this group was instrumental with creating the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center known as “Sadie’s House.”  Sadie’s House provides services for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.  In 2012, Sheriff Wooten was elected as Sheriff of Coffee County and has recently been re-elected. 

SFC Chad Woods with the Georgia State Patrol will be representing the Georgia State Patrol Post 36, located here in Douglas.  He started his law enforcement career in 1992 with Ware County Sheriff’s Office.  SFC Woods graduated the 76th Georgia State Patrol School and was assigned to Douglas as a Trooper.  In his tenure with the Georgia State Patrol, he has been a Criminal Investigator, Assistant Post Commander in Tifton and Brunswick and Post Commander on Jekyll Island.

Representing Nicholls Police Department, will be Chief Jamie Merritt.  Chief Merritt joined the CCSO in 2010 and knew he had found his calling.  He quickly rose through the tanks of Corporal and Sgt. as jail officer before becoming a deputy and advancing to Road Patrol Sgt.  In 2015, Merritt became one of the youngest police chiefs in the history of Coffee County.  Since taking the position with the Nicholls Police Department, Merritt strives to ensure the department continues to move forward in providing a safe, drug free environment for families to prosper.

Police Chief Isaac Garcia will be representing the Broxton Police Department.  He began his career in law enforcement in 2001 with the CCSO.  He worked his way up the ranks to Detective while with the Sheriff’s Department.  He began working with the Broxton Police Department on patrol in 2009.  In late 2010, Mr. Garcia was promoted to Chief of Police.

Registration for the Christmas Parade will continue through Friday, December 2, 5:00pm.  The theme is “Peace On Earth.”  On Saturday, December 3rd, festivities will begin at 6:30pm when the Annual Festival of Lights Parade will light up Peterson Avenue at and make its way from the Courthouse to the Coffee Alternative Education Center.  Registration forms and rules can be picked up at the Public Information office located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue.  For more information about the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, please call (912) 383-0277, visit our website at,  or email .

Douglas Police Department

Coffee County Sheriff's Office

Rules and Regulations

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 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 seven 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. 

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.  

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).

2016 Parade Entries
Tommy's Car Care
Georgia Forestry Commission
Happy Crabby Steak and Seafood
J.R. Burkett
Madison Payne
Coffee Regional EMS
Dyanna Hayes
Douglas 2nd Ward - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
True Praise Baptist Church
Trails South Saddle Club
Coffee County Elite Cheer
On Your Toes Dance Studio
Rend Our Hearts Revival
First Baptist Church
Trinitee Events & Decor
Southeastern Platinum Riders
Cub Scout Pack 859
Storage Solutions
Mosquito Squad
Deberry Baptist Church
Unity Ministry
Kevin Wise
New Era Tattoo Studio
Coffee County Fire Department
AAction Air
Empowerment Center International Ministries
First Academy
Just Jump for Kids Rentals
Tommy Graham
Keith Burkett
Coffee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Inc.
Douglas Skateboarders
Cynergy Cargo, LLC
McRae Coca Cola
Young's Chapel Church
Cody Martin & Corey Martin
Girl Scouts Service Area 40409
Straight Outta Coffee Dance Team
Prince Ford
Walking by Faith in God Ministries Church
Justin Lamb
Heaven Saints Motorcycle Club
CMS Art Club
Chamber Superheroes
Grace Baptist Church
Coffee High School Navy JROTC
Squad Up
Southview Church of God
Coffee County Bike Night
Premium Peanut
Ben O'Steen
American Legion Post 515
Broxton Church of God
La Que Buena/860AM
GWC Freshman Campus Art Club
Trust Me 1 & 2
Mosquito Squad
Storage Solutions
Cub Scout Pack 859
Hightower Memorial Temple
West Ward Church of God
Overcomer's Tabernacle of Faith and Praise
That Phone Guy
Women in Motion Club
Julie Phillips, Chief Magistrate Elect
Mike's Golf Carts and Powersports
Martin's Mobile Detailing
Domino's Pizza
Goo-Goo Car Wash
Walmart Transportation
Douglas Christian Fellowship Outreach Cross Walk
Diva's of Douglas Saddleclub
Georgia STORM Youth Basketball Team
Harvest Time Church of God
Alexander Brinson
Heaven Bound Ministries
Smile Doctors, Braces by Fender-Goggans
Beverly Johns, Probate Judge Elect
All About Soles

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