Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights Entries Sought for Annual Event

Monday, October 18th, 2021

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces that entries are now being accepted for the 2021 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights. This year’s parade is scheduled for Thursday, December 2. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 8, 2021.   

Applications are available at and may be completed online. The parade entry fee is $40.  Payment can be rendered online or by check, payable to “Athens-Clarke County.”  

Annually, more than 60 entries compete for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme, “ and “Best Use of Lights”  and the best overall float receiving the “Mayor’s Award.” This year’s theme is “A Super Hero Holiday.”

The parade begins on the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street ending in front of City Hall for the traditional Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

The Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Athens Downtown Development Authority.  

Parade information and application forms can be found at  or by contacting Leisure Services at 706-613-3800 or