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Christmas Extravaganza kicks off with Yule Parade

Cairo merchants and community volunteers are working to create a downtown Christmas Extravaganza that will kick off the holiday season and give residents many reasons to enjoy their hometown.
Following tradition, the season in Cairo kicks off with the annual Christmas Parade down Broad Street all the way from U.S. 84 and through downtown. The parade steps off at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.
Holiday happenings continue that weekend with “Cairo’s Christmas Follies” staged at the Zebulon by many of the talented people in our community such as the Syrup City Players; The Cairo High Jazz Band; Alicia New; Sam Carnline; United Methodist Singers; South Georgia Ballet; and The FIRM.
Expected to become a new holiday tradition, the Follies will give a taste of Christmas with seasonal music, dance, short plays and a video series of Christmas recollections by Cairo residents.
A Saturday children’s matinee of the show is just for families and will feature child friendly acts such as professional puppeteer David Null from Moultrie; master storyteller Lynn Kimmel; and the Boys and Girls Club Choir.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3; and the children’s matinee is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Evening show tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students/seniors; matinee tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students/seniors. Tickets are now on sale at Miss Myrt’s, Center Drugs and the Zebulon Box Office during regular movie hours. Light refreshments will be available at intermission of the evening shows. Seating is limited to 186 people per show.
Cairo merchants are planning to offer special shopping enticements for those looking to buy Christmas presents. The values will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3 to encourage locals to patronize their hometown businesses.
After enjoying the parade, Follies, and local shopping, the Cairo High School band will round out the weekend with its annual Christmas Concert. The musical celebration is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the CHS Auditorium.

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