Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 10:00 AM


27th Annual
Memorial Day
Parade in Dacula

Memorial Day Monday, May 31, 2021


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ALL PARADE PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES are urged to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines.

2021 Parade Theme


2021 Grand Marshal




Supported by:
Georgia Army National Guard
Charlie Company 1-106th Assault Helicopter Battalion and
Army Aviation Support Facility #1
Winder, GA

NEW Parade Route for 2021!

Due to construction of the new Harbins Road bridge at Hwy 8, the Dacula Memorial Day Parade route has changed.

Click HERE for New Parade Route Map

Beginning this year, the parade will turn right onto Wilson Street off Dacula Road, turn right onto Second Avenue,
cross Broad Street to Hebron Church Road (in front of Dacula High School) and continue back to Hebron Baptist Church.

NEW Parade Announcing Stand Location for 2021!

The location of the parade announcing stand has moved!  The new location is in front of the Shell gas station
at the corner of Dacula Road and Fence Road. 
Click HERE to see new location.

About The Parade

The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off for the 27th time on Monday, May 31, 2021 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 South on Dacula Road towards Hwy 8, turns right on Wilson Street, turns right on Second Avenue, crosses Broad Street to Hebron Church Road and proceeds back to the church.

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!

Notice To 2021 Parade Applicants

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: SO THAT WE MAY BE FREE.

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.  THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL PARADE!

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. 

Want to participate in this year's parade?
* * * A MAXIMUM of 150 parade entries will be accepted. * * *

Parade Entry Form and Information

In order to open these forms, you will need to have
the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Here is the link to download Adobe Reader for Free

Entries CLOSED

Float Contest Rules
Band Contest Rules
Parade Route

2021 Parade Participants

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Traffic in Dacula on Memorial Day
Please Plan Ahead!

Due to the Memorial Day parade, traffic through Dacula will be disrupted with road closures on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.
Safety of the event participants and spectators is most important!

Expected road closures are:

•    Parade route is Dacula Road to Wilson Street to Second Avenue to Hebron Church Road.  These roads will be closed about 9:30 AM.
     Other roads in the Dacula area will be very congested as well.

•    All roads will reopen at the end of the parade (sometime between 11:45 AM and 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 these events as we pause to honor our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day.

Revised: 05-26-2021

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