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40,000 expected in Albany for Christmas Parade

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – Around 40,000 people are expected to line the streets of Downtown Albany Saturday night for the 20th annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade. It doesn't feel like Christmas until the parade strolls through the streets of Albany and Santa makes his grand entrance at the end.

Saturday night Pine Avenue will be packed full of people, street vendors, bands, floats and of course Christmas lights. Be sure to get there early if you plan on watching. It's best to show up at 4 to get a seat, even though the parade doesn't start until 6.

This year's theme is "Through the Looking Glass" inspired by Alice and Wonderland. Kids can expect to see the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and of course Christmas favorites like reindeer, elves and Santa Claus.

This is the region's largest parade drawing in tens of thousands of people and of course boosting the area's economy. There are more than 100 entries this year and the parade will kick off with fireworks and other pre-parade festivities.

Also 2-year-old Sawyer Slappey will be the one to light the tree in remembrance of her father John Slappey. John Slappey of Albany died last Christmas when he was duck hunting on Lake Seminole and drowned. A somber moment as he is remembered but it will be followed by joyous celebration as the Christmas season in Albany officially begins.

We will have live coverage of the parade on WALB News 10 at 6 Saturday night.

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