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11 May 2013

Children's Christmas Parade Announces Move to Midtown to Make Way for Atlanta Streetcar Project

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced that the 33rd Annual Children’s Christmas Parade will take place in Midtown for the first time this year.

The parade has been held in Downtown Atlanta for much of its history, but will be moving to Midtown to make way for construction of the new Atlanta Streetcar.

"We are thrilled that the Atlanta Streetcar will soon become a reality for Atlanta residents and have been working with city officials throughout the planning process of this project. Unfortunately, the design of the streetcar route presents major safety concerns for the parade, meaning we have no choice but to relocate. We are excited to keep the parade tradition alive in Midtown and are grateful to the Midtown Alliance for helping make this new route possible," said Gene Hayes, president of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

The new route (shown left) will start at Peachtree Street and 16th Street and continue for one mile, ending at Peachtree Street and 5th Street. The new route is easily accessible to spectators by MARTA, with the Midtown, North Avenue and Arts Center stations all within walking distance.

An Atlanta holiday tradition, the Children’s Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast and attracts more than 300,000 spectators each year. Proceeds from the parade help fund programs and equipment to serve the patients and families at Children’s.

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