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Christmas parades soon roll here

The jingle of bells, the bright lights of Christmas, carols, bands, floats and excited youngsters of all ages will line Pulaski’s Main Street Thursday night for the annual Christmas parade.

Christmas Past, Present and Future,” the Pulaski County Jaycees’ 2011 parade, will see participants lining up at 6 p.m. with the parade beginning to move at 7.

Marchers, floats, bands, colored lights, flashing lights, songs, Nativity scenes, decorated trees, festive banners and Santa will line up on First Street, from Duncan Bridge, travel along Jefferson Avenue, and east on Main Street.

Old Man Winter, Jack Frost, and some snowflakes have added to the atmosphere of the season with spirits running high, particularly among the younger generation.

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, be sure to wrap up warmly Thursday night.

Take time to visit Jackson Park prior to the parade where the town Christmas tree will be lighted. PCHS band and PMS choral students will be entertaining the crowd, which is urged to sing along with the young musicians.

Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. Children can visit Santa, give him their wish list, and have their pictures taken, roast a marshmallow, decorate a cookie and warm up with some hot chocolate.

At the same time, the Fine Arts Center will have its lighting of the trees at the annex on Fourth Street, NW.

Saturday, Santa will visit Dublin where Willard Akers, long-time activist in the sports arena of the county, will lead their parade.

The parade will kickoff at 11 a.m. and follow a route from Dublin Middle School, down Giles Avenue to Old Route 11. It will disband at Dublin Church of God.

Dress warmly, show your civic pride and enjoy efforts of everyone to make an enjoyable parade experience for 2011.

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