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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.

The parade theme is “A Starry Night.”  The annual parade will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, 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 beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017 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 .

2017 Parade Winners


The City of Douglas Public Information Department continues to accept registrations for the annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade through Friday, December 1, 2017 at 4:00p.m.  Citizens need to be aware of some changes with parade start time, rule changes and where the parade will end this year.

After much consideration, parade organizers and a representative of the skateboarders in the community, have reached an agreement that will allow skateboarders to participate in the parade.  
Parade organizers are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with lead skateboard advocate, Trey Day, which will allow skateboarders in the Christmas Parade. As a result, a Skateboard Race is tentatively set to be held at 5:45 p.m, prior to the beginning of the parade. Parent and adult chaperones are needed. All skateboarders and chaperones interested in participating should contact Trey Day for details.

The parade will begin at 6:00pm on Peterson Avenue, with lineup beginning at 4:00p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  Floats should line up in the parade route on the west (right hand) lane of Peterson Avenue. 
The parade will end at South Georgia State College.  Entries, including floats, will make a right turn off Peterson Avenue into South Georgia State College onto College Park Drive.  College Park Drive will be a one-way street during the parade.  Floats and entries with children who need to be picked up, will remain on College Park Drive and stop at the designated “drop-off” area for children to exit floats and be picked up by parents.  Entries that do not have children/riders on a float, will proceed up College Park Drive and exit either by Wheeler or Shirley Avenue.  Entries that need to disband prior to exiting the college, should pull up College Park Drive onto the right or left side.  Peterson Hall will be open for restrooms or in case of inclement weather.

Parents of children who will be riding on floats should plan to pick their children up from Quincy Circle’s grass area in front of Peterson Hall.  Parents must park their vehicles either in the Brooks Road parking lots or in the Childs Circle parking spaces.  After parking their vehicle, parents will have to walk to Quincy Circle (the grass area in front of Peterson Hall) to pick up their child.  Once receiving their child and returning to their vehicle, parents will exit on Brooks Road or Child’s Circle by following the road to College Park Drive.  Once at College Park Drive, parents will turn left and exit the college either by continuing on Shirley Avenue or by turning left onto Wheeler Avenue.

Entries without lighting will be pulled from the parade route. To maintain the overall effect of the nighttime parade,
ALL entries must be thoroughly decorated with lights and follow the “A Starry Night” theme.  Clowns, bands, dignitaries, pageant winners, marching units, drill teams, and colorful performing groups are excluded from this rule.

Applications are available at the City of Douglas Public Information Department, located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue or download the application at  For more information about the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, please call (912) 383-0277 or .


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2017 Christmas Parade Marshal, Sharnae Pegues

The City of Douglas, Douglas Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and the Coffee County Commission are proud to announce, Ms. Sharnae Pegues, will be the Parade Marshal for the 54th Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.  As Parade Marshal, Ms. Pegues will lead the annual Christmas Parade on December 2, 2017.

“We are excited to have an outstanding young person to represent our community this year,” says Mayor Tony L. Paulk.  “Miss Pegues is truly a star in our community and she strives to make our community shine brighter for our future leaders.”

Ms. Pegues is the daughter of Derrick and Chandra Green.  She is a recent graduate of Coffee High School.  She loves to serve the community and has completed over 1500 hours of community service.  Some of her accomplishments include Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Coffee County region, the Georgia Youth of the Year for BGC of America, the Southeast Regional Youth of the Year for the BGC of America, founder of the Pearls of Elegance program and the “Screenshot ‘We Will Not’ Anti-Cyberbullying” Campaign.  She has spoken at several events including the SGSC Teen Girls Empowerment Session and Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, Mother/Daughter Workshops, and several more events.  Currently, Ms. Pegues continues to serve our community while pursuing an education degree at South Georgia State College

Registration for the Christmas Parade will continue through Friday, December 1, 4:00pm.  The theme is “A Starry Night.”  On Saturday, December 2nd, festivities will begin at 6:00pm when the Annual Festival of Lights Parade will light up Peterson Avenue and make its way from the Courthouse to South Georgia State College.  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


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).

2017 Parade Entries
Danny's Pizza Allstar Marching Band
Happy Crabby Steak & Seafood
Boys & Girls Club of Coffee County Region
Kason Layne
Jerome Day
Westwood Baptist Church
Broxton Street Walkerz Saddle Club
McRae Coca-Cola
Harvest Time Church of God
Word of Faith Fellowship Youth
Baby Miss South Georgia Queen
Kevin Wise
Keith Burkett
106.7 The Buck
Coffee County Fire Rescue
Aaction Air & Heating Supply
DLS Wireless
Empowerment Center International Ministries
Satilla School Show Choir
Coffee County Bike Nite
Amerimed Emergency Services
Carver Nutrition
New Birth Church of God by Faith
Kayla's Mexican Grill
Pearls and Diamonds
Wiregrass Technical College & Career Academy
Premium Peanut
On Your Toes Dance Studio
Coffee County Elite Cheer
Coffee Middle School Band
Maquetta L. Williams
Angels for Orphans
Bacon County Saddle Club
Coffee High School NJROTC
Cassidy White
Mike's Golf Carts & Powersports
American Red Cross of South Georgia
First Franklin Financial
South Georgia State College Hawks
J & T Upholstery
Cynergy Cargo, LLC
American Legion Post 515
The Therapy Tree/Tree of Love
Goo Goo Express Car Wash
Julie Phillips, Chief Magistrate
Parkers Pet Palace
Smile Doctors
Zumba Fitness Party with Tina
Project Search
Beverly Johns, Probate Court Judge
New Hope Covenant Christian Fellowship Church

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