It has become the biggest parade in Atlanta, with sidewalk space at a premium, so here are a few tips for a successful experience:
• The parade begins at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, and heads south on Peachtree, following the same route as in past years.
It will turn left (east) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and left again (north) on Peachtree Center Avenue, coming to an end in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis — one of the host hotels.
There are plenty of places to stand and watch. (If you want to sit and watch, bring a lawn chair.) But many sidewalks fill up early. Parade regulars suggest arriving between 7 and 8 a.m. to get a curbside seat. Watch out for interlopers who stand in the street in front of you, a tactic that is strictly discouraged.
• This year, the parade marshals will be Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath and Roscoe Orman — three actors from the beloved children’s television show “Sesame Street” who play the characters Luis, Bob and Gordon.
• Parking will be at a premium, and parade organizers suggest taking MARTA to one of three nearby stations: North Avenue, Civic Center, and Peachtree Center. One can also reserve parking in advance through a company such as Parking Panda.
• Sue Rodman of 365 Atlanta Traveler writes that the blocks near the beginning of the route, between Linden and the I-75/85 overpass, have been the least crowded in recent history.