See all downloadable images from the 2022 parade and celebration at https://lukehaney.smugmug.com/Upson-Beacon-Events/2022-Emancipation-Proclamation-Celebration/

For 158 years, hundreds of residents and visitors gather in Upson County annually in remembrance and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The 2023 Emancipation Proclamation Celebration parade and festival will be held on Saturday, May 27, starting at 11 a.m.

The theme for the 2023 celebration is “Our Strength Lies in Unity.”

The parade check-in begins at 9 a.m. in the former Thomaston Mills parking lot at 900 North Hightower Street in Thomaston. ATVs, go-carts, golf carts, show cars, and motorcycles will enter through Entrance One; churches, businesses, floats, bands, and dance lines will check into Entrance Two; walking groups and bicycles will check into Entrance Three; horses will check into Entrance Four. Lineup begins at 10 a.m.

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