Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

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24th Annual
Memorial Day Parade in Dacula




2017 Parade Theme


2017 Grand Marshal

Mary Pittman
WWII - U.S. Army

C-130 Aerial Flyover
94th Airlift Wing, 700th Airlift Squadron
Dobbins Air Reserve Base Marietta, GA

Meet our Grand Marshal

Mary S. Pittman was born on 11/29/1921 in Swanington, IN.  She is 96 years old and lives in Lawrenceville.

Ms. Pittman served in the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC) from December 22, 1942 to August 5, 1943, at which time she enlisted in the United States Woman’s Army Corp (WAC).  She was honorably discharged from the Woman’s Army Corp on Sept 27, 1945, having achieved the rank of Tech 5.

Mary Pittman had her basic training at Fort Des Moines, IA where women first began training for service in the US Army Women’s Army Corps for World War II. After further training at Harvard University and in Georgia, she was deployed overseas. After several weeks sailing all over the Atlantic Ocean dodging enemy ships Mary arrived in Italy and was assigned to the U.S. Army Headquarters Command there.

After finishing her regular daily duties, Mary would go over to the nearby Army Hospital and would assist with caring for our wounded soldiers.

She was transferred to the African Theater of Command and served in Egypt until the war ended in Europe and Mary returned to the U.S. on Sept 23, 1945 where her unit was demobilized.

Mary was awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WAAC Ribbon.

About Our Parade

The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off for the 24th time on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 am.  The parade takes place rain or shine.  There is no rain date.

The parade begins at Hebron Baptist Church and proceeds down Dacula Road, turns right on Second Ave, crosses Broad Street and ends at Dacula High School.

Founded by Marvin Atherton, the Dacula Memorial Day parade has been a proud tradition in Dacula since 1994.  The parade has grown over the years and remains the only Memorial Day parade in Metro Atlanta, largest in the the state of Georgia and one of the largest in our nation with more than 150 units participating in the parade each year!

Families begin to line the street hours before the parade begins.  Averaging 150 units in the parade each year, there are 10,000+ spectators lining the parade route when the parade steps off at 10:00 am. 

The Dacula Memorial Day parade is one of the most high profile events in the metro Atlanta area on Memorial Day.  It is important that we take this opportunity to honor the sacrifice made by thousands of Americans who died guarding our precious liberties and way of life.  As founder of the Dacula Memorial Day parade, it is my goal to see that today's youth understand the significance of Memorial Day.  For this reason, every parade unit is to focus on honoring our Veterans and display patriotism.

The parade features Veterans, Veterans organizations, active and reserve service men and women, active and restored military vehicles, marching bands, Scouts, churches, community groups, custom designed floats, local businesses, horses, antique cars, trucks and tractors and much more!



Due to enormous participation and requests to participate in this parade, applications will be accepted on a limited basis again this year.

No throwing of candy, favors or other items from parade entries.  These items MUST be distributed to parade spectators by walkers alongside their parade entries and tossed in the
direction of peoples feet.
 This is for the safety of everyone but especially for the safety of our children to keep them from running into the parade stream of vehicles to get that coveted piece of candy or favor.

No Distribution of advertising, promotional or political campaign literature, flyers, coupons, brochures, pamphlets, permitted from parade entries or walkers alongside parade entries.

All entries with animals of any kind are responsible for their animals’ health and well-being.  We strongly suggest that animal owners have water available, protection from the sun and protection from the heat of the pavement.  Please be responsible and clean up any “deposits” made by the animals in the staging area and along the parade route.

Only 20 antique car / truck entries will be allowed in the parade.  
Only 20 antique tractor entries will be allowed in the parade.
Only 5
political entries will be allowed in the parade - NO EXCEPTIONS!  All political candidates
                  and / or elected officials must ride in a vehicle.  THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL PARADE!

The Dacula Memorial Day parade is a solemn event intended to honor our men and women who make the sacrifice and the many who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedoms.  

Please keep in mind all entries must reflect and represent a patriotic presentation based on the theme of this year's parade, THE PRICE OF FREEDOM..

Please read and understand the complete list of Parade Rules and Regulations.

 Traffic in Dacula on Memorial Day
Traffic through Dacula will be intermitently disrupted on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 between the hours of 7:30 am and Noon.  

The 5K run will affect traffic along its route beginning about 8:00 AM until about 9:00 AM. The 5K route takes place on Dacula Road, Hebron Church Road and Fence Road.

The Memorial Day parade will affect traffic on Dacula Road and Hebron Church Road.  Dacula Road 
will be closed for the parade between 10:00 AM and Noon from Hebron Baptist Church to Second Ave. 

Residents along the 5K Run and parade routes need to plan ahead and be prepared for traffic delays.  

We ask for your patience during these events as we honor our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day.

Parade Entry Form and Information:
If you have any questions email us here  

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2017 Parade
Entry Form

Parade Rules
& Regulations
Float Contest Rules Band Contest Rules Parade Route Map 2017 Parade Participants

Revised: 05-20-17

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