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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 will be on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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 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 .

2017 Parade Winners


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

PARADE ASSEMBLY & DISBURSEMENT - 
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. 

GO-CARTS, 4-WHEELERS, MOTOR BIKES, ETC. SAFETY IS PRIORITY!!! 

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



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