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Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade
Mission Statement
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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.

The parade theme is “Celebrate the Music and Melodies of Christmas.”  The annual parade has been rescheduled to THURSDAY, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m with lineup beginning from the First United Methodist Church to Walker Street.  Applications are available at the Douglas Visitor Information Center, located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue. 

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


Parade Theme: "Celebrate the Music and Melodies of Christmas"





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Pictured: L-R: Dr. Morris Leis (Coffee County Schools Superintendent), Mr. Steve Myers (CHS Band Director), Clara Farmer (Drum Major), Alberto DeJesus (Band Captain), Alex Cruz (Percussion Instructor/Assistant Director) and Mayor Tony Paulk.

At the regular Commission meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018, Mayor Tony Paulk and the City Commission formally recognized the Coffee High School Marching Band as the 2018 Christmas Parade Marshal. According to Mayor Paulk, “Our city is very proud of how the Coffee High School Marching Band has represented this community, as the band won first place in Class 2A Band Category at the Sound of Silver Band Competition with an outstanding score of 92.00. As a result of hard work and dedication, the band received Superior ratings in all categories including Drum Major, Auxiliary, Percussion, and Overall Band; the Drum Major captured 3rd Place Best In Class; Auxiliary captured 2nd place Best in Class; and Percussion placed 2nd Best in Class. We thank Mr. Myers for leading these talented young people and the band deserves to be celebrated for their musical excellence. Mr. Myers and the band members are truly an asset in our community and our entire City Commission salutes the band for making our community come alive each year with their musical achievements.” Congratulations!


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).

2018 Parade Entries
DyAnna Hayes
Coffee County Bike Night
Premium Peanut
Marqueda Williams
Girl Scout Troop 40303
Downtown Skateboarders
Angels for Orphans
Joe Real
Jason Real
John Price
The House of Mercy Ministries
Wiregrass Regional College & Career Academy
Georgia Forestry Commission
Harvest Time Church of God
Coffee County Fire Department
106.7 The Buck
Young's Chapel Missionary Church
A-1 Cleaning and Restoration
Southeastern Platinum Riderz 
Liz Yates & Kali Yates
El Sign Shop
Lowe's Little Helpers
New Era Tattoo Studio
The Voices of Christmas - The Therapy Tree
Coffee County Transportation
J & T Upholstery
Broxton Street Walkerz Saddle Club
Walking By Faith In God Ministries Church
Beverly Johns, Probate Judge
Coffee Middle School Band
QuickTow Wrecker
Sandra's Cleaning Service
Danny's Pizza AllStar Band
El Real Bakery
Surchero's Fresh Grill
Kloee Ornelas - Ms. Broxton Blitz
Coffee High School NJROTC
Southview Church of God
New Birth Church of God by Faith
Hog N Bones
Julie Phillips - Magistrate Judge
Jokers Motorcycle Club
AAction Air - Heaven on Earth
Douglas Christian Fellowship
Mike's Golf Carts & Powersports
Tommy Jowers - Jowers Trucking
Mt. Zion Holiness Church
A Sock Hop Christmas - CHS Drama Club and CHS Art Club
Coffee Freshman Campus FFA
CHS Marching Band
Tracy Darby, City of Nicholls

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