Decatur’s Pied Piper celebration is a community affair

Participants are encouraged to step out in their finest red, white and blue for the annual Pied Piper Parade and celebration, which is sponsored by the city of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association.

Walkers, bikers and skaters can join the city of Decatur’s annual Pied Piper Parade starting at 6 p.m. on July 4.

The patriotic parade, sponsored by the city of Decatur and the Decatur Business Association, is open to anyone who wants to participate as long as they are decked out in their red, white and blue.

The hourlong parade will wind its way to the historic Decatur Square for the presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner. Children and adults can walk, ride bikes, skate, and decorate wagons, and neighborhoods, civic organizations, and politicians may put vehicles and/or floats in the parade.

People who want to drive in the parade must register their vehicle by emailing Shirley.baylis@decaturga.com or calling 678-553-6573.

Paraders will line up at 5:50 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave. Pedestrians should gather on the lawn and vehicles will line up in the parking lot.

Starting from the church at  6 p.m., the parade makes a left onto Commerce Drive, and meanders through downtown Decatur. 

A Concert on the Square Bandstand, featuring the Callanwolde Concert Band, starts at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers.

Fireworks begin at dark, around 9 p.m.