Downtown Parade of Lights

Parade Video

The Downtown Parade of Lights for 2022 is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and Athens Downtown Development Authority are proud to present the Downtown Parade of Lights. The theme for this year is “An Out of this World Holiday.” 

The ACC Downtown Parade of Lights is a “rain or shine” event. If safety becomes an issue for participants and spectators due to severe weather, the parade may be cancelled by the event organizer.  

The ACC Downtown Parade of Lights is contingent upon local COVID-19 case numbers and may be modified or canceled to ensure public health and safety.

Downtown Parking Options

Learn more about downtown parking options.

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2022 Downtown Parade of Lights Parade Marshal

Dr. Maurice Snook, noted local astronomer and award winning volunteer, will serve as the 2022 Parade Marshal. Who better to serve as this year’s parade marshal than someone who, for decades, has shared his love of science and astronomy with the community! 

He has been an avid amateur astronomer for more than 70 years and during that time, he has founded two astronomy clubs and taught astronomy in the community.  Dr. Snook is known in some circles as “Mr. Science;” more than 20,000 students in 11 surrounding counties have learned the wonders of chemistry and astronomy through his efforts.

2022 Downtown Parade of Lights Applications - CLOSED

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2022 Downtown Parade of Lights.  The deadline was Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications are not accepted.


For more information, please call 706-613-3800 or email

 Past Parade Videos Playlist (Select a Video from 2010-Current in Upper Right of Video Viewer)

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