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Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta’s Children’s Christmas Parade

On December 1, join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the 32nd annual Children’s Christmas Parade. With over 300,000 spectators, it’s the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast.

Children's Christmas Parade

Children’s Christmas Parade (Photo Credit: Andre Jenny/Mira.com)

Children’s Healthcare patients (Faces of the Parade)  are prominently featured in horse-drawn carriages to lead Santa and Mrs. Claus, Miss Georgia, award-winning marching bands, floats, dance groups and giant helium balloons along the route. The parade begins on Peachtree Street near Baker Street, turns right on Marietta Street and ends on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.

The event is free and open to the public, but front row bleacher seats may be purchased for $15 each. All proceeds will help fund programs and equipment to serve patients and families at Children’s. Funds will go toward:

  • Clinical research
  • Children’s Emergency departments, which serve 550 patients each day
  • Family support services such as chaplaincy, child life specialists and social work
  • Big Apple Circus Care Unit, a professional troupe of entertainers who use humor to help heal patients and their families

Thanks to generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, the Children’s Christmas Parade has brought joy and holiday cheer to the Atlanta community year after year. And, although the deadline to participate has passed, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers a variety of volunteering opportunities and accepts donations year round.

Children's Christmas Parade 2011

Children’s Christmas Parade 2011 (Photo Credit: Access Atlanta)

Children’s is a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized care to children from all walks of life. With more than half a million patient visits each year, it is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country.

WHEN:Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Atlanta

TICKETS: Free. Bleacher seats are $15 and may be purchased here.

If you’re unable to make it, you can watch the parade live on WSB-TV Channel 2 News (ABC) at 10:30 a.m.

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