Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

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26th Annual
Dacula Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019




2019 Parade Theme


2019 Grand Marshal

Leona "Zimmie" Weidman
WWII  - Marine Corp

Meet our Grand Marshal  -  Lee "Zimmie" Weidman

Lee was in high school when World War II began.  With a strong sense of patriotism and a desire for adventure, she joined the Marine Corps in 1944.  After completing bootcamp at Lejeune, she was posted at Cherry Point Marine Air Base in North Carolina.

Lee, known back then as “Zimmie” worked in Fuel Supply, Navy Supply and then Special Services.  She left the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve as a Sergeant.  She made lifelong friends and memories from her time in the Marine Corps including meeting her future Marine husband jitterbugging at a military dance.

With the help of the GI Bill, Lee graduated from St. John’s College in Cleveland, Ohio.   Lee married her Marine dance partner Joe Weidman in 1952, she has two children and 4 grandchildren.  She had a long and notable career teaching In Michigan.  A world traveler, she has visited more than 70 countries. After retirement she continued staying active writing historical stories, and volunteering as an ESL tutor and a hospice caregiver.  She lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her daughter and family and still walks a mile a day.

She will be 95 years old on August 8th and she will be 75 years a Women Marine.

Once a Marine, always a Marine.



About the Parade

The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off for the 26th time on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 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 150 units participating in the parade each year!

Families begin to line the street hours before the parade begins.  Each year there are 10,000 or more  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 Fallen Heroes 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!

Notice To 2019 Parade Entries

Entry Design Guidelines - The Memorial Day parade is held to honor the men and women who 
bravely sacrificed and served our country.  Please keep this in mind as your organization designs and builds its entry. All entries MUST adhere to the spirit of this Memorial Day parade by having a patriotic theme which honors our fallen heroes including the use of American flags.  
The theme of this year's parade is: MEDAL OF HONOR.

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.

No Political Campaigning is allowed.  As we honor the sacrifice and service of our Fallen Heroes, entries are not allowed to distribute political and/or campaign literature along the parade route.  All political candidates and / or elected officials MUST ride in a vehicle.  

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.

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

Inclement Weather -  While we are hoping for wonderful weather, the parade will take place rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather in the area, delay of the start of the parade may occur.  If the severe weather continues, the parade director and/or local authoriites may make the call to cancel the parade at that time.  Safety of all parade participants and volunteers is a priority!  Sorry, no refunds if the parade is cancelled as there is no rain date.

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. 

Additional Parade Information

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~~ CLOSED ~~ 2019 Parade
Entry Form

Parade Rules
& Regulations
Float Contest Rules Band Contest Rules Parade Route
2019 Parade Participants

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Traffic in Dacula on Memorial Day
Please Plan ahead!

Due to the annual Memorial Day parade, traffic through Dacula will be disrupted with road closures on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019 between the hours of 7:30 AM and Noon.  Safety of these event participants and spectators is most important!

Expected road closures are:

•    The parade route (Dacula Road, Second Avenue, and Hebron Church Road) will be closed for the
      Memorial Day parade beginning at 9:30 AM.

•    All roads will reopen at the end of the parade (about Noon)

Residents along the parade route are urged to plan ahead and be prepared for these road closures and traffic delays.  

We ask for your patience during this event as we honor our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day.

Revised: 05-20-19

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