By Special to the Daily World
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Santa Claus and more than 300,000 spectators along the streets of downtown Atlanta return for the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. Now in its 31st year, the Children’s Christmas Parade will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Proceeds from the parade will help fund programs and equipment to serve the patients and families at Children’s.
This year, three Faces of the Parade will be featured — Thomas Mills, a cerebral palsy patient from Dallas, Ga., Serena Ramlingum, a kidney transplant patient from McDonough, Ga., and Anaiah Rucker, an amputee and local hero from Madison, Ga. All three Children’s patients will be prominently seated 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 parade route.
The Children’s Christmas Parade begins at Peachtree Street near Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. The route follows Peachtree Street, turns right onto Marietta Street and finishes along Centennial Olympic Park Drive.
The event is free and open to the public. For those seeking front-row access, reserved bleacher seats are now on sale for $12 and can be purchased at www.choa.org/parade. The Children’s Christmas Parade will also air live on WSB-TV Channel 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. WSB-TV personalities Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer will provide viewers with live updates along the parade route.