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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



Douglas Police Chief Gary Casteloes and Sheriff Doyle Wooten

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.  Douglas Police Department Chief Gary Casteloes and Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten 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.” 

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

City of Douglas
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