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To promote patriotism and encourage area citizens and businesses to participate
in a celebration of our country's freedom on Memorial Day by honoring all
those who have served their country and paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM.




Welcome to the OFFICIAL website for
Memorial Day in Dacula




31st Annual Memorial Day parade in Dacula

Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024 10:00 a.m.

The Memorial Day parade in Dacula is a solemn event intended to remember and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today.

*** 2024 PARADE PARTICIPATION IS CLOSED. ***
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PARADE ENTRY FORMS FOR THIS YEAR'S PARADE.



COVID-19 INFORMATION
ALL PARADE PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES are urged to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in accordance with the current CDC guidelines.





2024 Parade Theme

They Answered the Call,
They Paid the Price

2024 Grand Marshal

Frank Deremer
Korean War Veteran



What is Memorial Day all about?

Click HERE for Memorial Day Facts, Meaning and Traditions

Parade Route


The parade starts at Hebron Baptist Church.
Parade participants will be lined up in order of march onto Hebron Church Road from the church main parking lot.

The parade will proceed up Hebron Church Road, cross Broad Street, continue on Second Ave.,
turn left on Wilson Street, turn left on Dacula Road and continue back to Hebron Baptist Church.

The entire parade loop is approx. 2 miles long.
Click HERE for the Parade Route Map


Parade Announcing Stand Location

The parade announcing stand location will be in front of the Shell gas station
at the corner of Dacula Road and Fence Road.
Click HERE to see location.

The National Anthem will be presented here along with parade commentary as each entry goes by.

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 27, 2024.
Safety of the event participants and spectators is most important!

Expected road closures are:

Parade route is Hebron Church Road to Second Avenue to Wilson Street to Dacula Road to Hebron Baptist Church.
These roads will be closed at 9:30 a.m.  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 a.m. 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 this event as we pause to honor our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day.





About The Parade

The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. The parade takes place rain or shine.  There is no rain date.

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 with an average of 90 units participating each year! Families begin to line the street hours before the parade begins. There are 10,000 plus spectators lining the parade route when the parade steps off at 10:00 a.m.

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 remembers and honors our Fallen Heores and features Veterans, Veterans organizations, active and reserve service
men and women, active and restored military vehicles, marching bands, Scouts, schools, churches, youth groups, community groups, local businesses, horses, antique and classic cars, tractors and much more!

We hope you will plan to join us while we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom!




Notice To 2024 Parade Applicants

PLEASE  READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF PARADE RULES AND REGULATIONS CAREFULLY AND IN FULL.

NO POLITICAL ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED OR ALLOWED IN THE PARADE.

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL PARADE!

Entry Design Guidelines - The Memorial Day Parade is held to remember and honor the men and women who bravely sacrificed and proudly served our country. Please keep this in mind as your organization designs and builds its entry.

ALL PARADE ENTRIES ARE REQUIRED TO RECOGNIZE A FALLEN HERO OR DECEASED OR LIVING VETERAN WITH SOME TYPE OF SIGNAGE ON THE ENTRY.
A Fallen Hero is one that died in the line of duty.  Knowing that everyone doesn't have a Fallen Hero in their family or have a friend or neighbor that does, a deceased or living Veteran would be fine to remember and honor on your entry. You can display on your entry however you like, on both sides of the entry...on poster board or on a banner just as long as it is readable from the sidewalks.
I want people to remember what Memorial Day is all about and remember why they are in the parade. Not just to be there for self exposure. Reading the names of our Fallen Heroes helps to keep their legacy alive.

NO SEMI TRUCK TYPE VEHICLES AND/OR TRAILERS ARE ALLOWED.

All parade entries MUST observe the Memorial Day parade's purpose and theme: They Answered the Call, They Paid the Price.

Candy IS NOT TO BE TOSSED OR THROWN FROM PARADE ENTRIES! The candy MUST be distributed to parade spectators by walkers alongside the 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.

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

All entries with animals of any kind are responsible for their animals’ safety 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.

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 due to weather as there is no rain date.




*** 2024 PARADE PARTICIPATION IS CLOSED. ***
WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PARADE ENTRY FORMS FOR THIS YEAR'S PARADE.

Do you want to participate in the parade in 2025?

Please check back here in early 2025 for entry form and preliminary details for the
32nd Annual Dacula Memorial Day parade!

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

2024 Parade
Entry Is CLOSED




Parade Route
Map

2024 Parade Participants

Have a Parade Question?
Email us Here




Do you want to carry a Fallen Hero sign in the parade this year?

The involvement of the Fallen Heroes of Georgia in the Dacula Memorial Day parade represents the true meaning of Memorial Day. You don't want to miss this opportunity to volunteer your time to carry a Fallen Hero sign in this parade.


To Volunteer:
- Click here to email the Fallen Heroes of Georgia

- List your name and number of your very reliable volunteers. You will be the team leader and sole
  point of contact for your group.
- The 18"X24" signs of our Fallen Heroes will be given out on a first come and first serve basis
   until the number of volunteers needed has been reached.
- As the parade draws closer we will request that you follow up with your volunteers.
- No one younger than 12 years old will be allowed to carry a sign.
- No one of questionable health should participate,









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