This story has been updated.
People who want to use drones to film the Beltline Lantern parade on Sept. 10 must register them with Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
“Photography and filming for personal or media purposes are encouraged, however, all aerial drones must be registered ahead of time with Jenny Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org,” an announcement from ABI says. “Photography and filming of the parade for commercial use is not permitted.”
Atlanta Loop asked Odom if the drone registration policy is new.
“We encouraged people last year to reach out to me if they were planning on using a drone just so we could coordinate and understand where they are planning on filming,” she said. “However, even though I knew about three to four drones last year, there were more. By including it in the media release (in addition to the website, facebook event, etc.), I’m hoping more people might see it and contact me.”
She added, “As a side note, we have an official drone videographer for ABI to create a video like we did last year.”
So what happens to unregistered drones?
“They simply fly their drone at their own risk (which they fly at their own risk in any case, whether or not we know about it),” Odom said. “I’m just trying to track how many are out there so we can do our best to make sure they’re not on top of each other. There’s not really a way for us to reach everyone – we’re just trying to be as proactive as possible.”
Here’s a drone video of the 2015 parade:
The Lantern Parade will be held on the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 10.
According to the Atlanta BeltLine website, during the parade, “Irwin Street will be closed to vehicles from between Krog Street and Randolph Street from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.” Marchers are encouraged to line up at 7:15 p.m. at Irwin Street.
“After walking the 2-mile Eastside Trail, the parade will guide into the green at Piedmont Park, ending two miles from the starting point,” the event listing on the Atlanta BeltLine website says.