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Downtown Parade of Lights

  • December 05, 2013 - December 05, 2013
  • Location: Downtown Athens: Parade begins at corner of Dougherty and Pulaski
  • Times: 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission: No admission charge
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The annual Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 starting at 7:00 p.m.

This year, more than 70 entries will compete for such prizes as "Most Original Float," "Best
Use of Theme," and "Best Use of Lights." Performing units will be judged during the parade itself, and the best overall float will receive the "Mayor's Award". This year's theme is "The Sounds of Christmas."

The parade begins on the corner of Dougherty and Pulaski Streets ending in front of City Hall for
the traditional tree lighting ceremony, hosted by none other than Santa.


This popular annual event gives families and friends the unusual opportunity to view a night time parade and to enjoy the festive atmosphere of Downtown Athens while it is decorated for the holiday season.


  • Hour long holiday parade through the streets of Downtown Athens
  • Theme of 2012- It's A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Family fun event with hundreds of attendees
  • Almost 80 parade participants in 2012

Award Winners from 2012

  • Mayor's Award - Best Overall: Carrier Transicold
  • Most Spirited Award: Athens Transit System
  • Non-Profits
    • Best Use of Theme: Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
    • Best Use of Lights: Advance Lodge #31
    • Most Original: Athens Pride
  • Gov/Church/School
    • Best Use of Theme: ACC Solid Waste Dept. / Recycling Division
    • Best Use of Lights: ACC Public Utilities Dept. / Water Conservation
    • Most Original: Athens Montessori School
  • Business
    • Best Use of Theme: Georgia Neurological Surgery and Comprehensive Spine
    • Best Use of Lights: Epting Events
    • Most Original: Curbside Services
  • Organized Unit
    • Dance/Twirling: Clarke Middle School Step Team
    • Novelty: Thistle & Kudzu Pipers and Drums

For more information email
or call 706-613-3620 ext 242

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