ATLANTA (Holiday 2011)—Join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Santa Claus and more than 300,000 spectators along the streets of downtown Atlanta 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.
“The Children’s Christmas Parade is an ongoing tradition that kicks off the holiday season for so many Atlanta families and organizations”, says Lisa Martinez, chairman of this year’s parade, “We are thankful for the opportunity to provide the community with a memorable holiday experience that also raises funds to support the healthcare needs of Georgia’s children.”
This year, three Faces of the Parade will be featured- Thomas Mills, a cerebral palsy patient, Serena Ramlingum, a kidney transplant patient and Anaiah Rucker, an amputee and local hero. 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 (ABC) beginning at 10:30 a.m. WSB-TV personalities, Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer, will provide viewers with live updates along the parade route.
The Children’s Christmas Parade is made possible by generous supporters, including Aaron’s Inc., Georgia’s Own Credit Union and Wells Fargo. Promotional support is also provided by Star94, the parade’s official radio partner.
Attendees are encouraged to use MARTA for event transportation. The Five Points and Peachtree Center stations are within walking distance of the parade route. For more information, visit www.choa.org/parade.
2011 Beneficiary Services
Proceeds from the 2011 Children’s Christmas Parade will help fund programs and equipment to serve the patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Funding areas include the Children’s Emergency Departments, which serve 550 patients each day—some of the busiest in the country, and the transport vehicles that get them there. Proceeds will also help fund clinical research, family support services such as chaplaincy, child life specialists and social work, and the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, a professional troupe of entertainers who deliver the healing power of humor to patients and their families. Visit www.choa.org and www.choa.org/friends to learn more about Children’s and Friends, the volunteer organization of Children’s that helps make fundraising events, such as the parade, possible.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 17 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.