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Albany's Christmas tree stands tall

December 2, 2002

Albany - It's easy to catch the Christmas spirit in downtown Albany. On Monday, busy elves placed the city's Christmas tree is in it's usual place in front of the Courthouse. Soon the tree will light up the sky, just in time for the annual Albany Christmas parade.

"The cedar tree is nearly 32 feet tall," said Lorie Farkas, WG&L. It's hard to forget last year's tree that many called the Charlie Brown Tree. The crews cut down the wrong one, but that mistake lead to this year's terrific tannenbaum.

"After seeing last year's tree, Eddie and Kathy Bullock called and said they had the perfect tree growing in their front yard," said Farkas. So the crews set out to cut, move, and set up the tree.

"It usual only takes about four of us to put the tree in place, but this tree is so big it took 7 of us," said Charles Bardford, Public Works. That's about 5 feet of cedar per person. 10,000 lights will light up this massive tree on Saturday, kicking off the annual Christmas parade.

"The 12th annual Christmas parade will be bigger and better than ever," said Farkas. "Surrounding counties are now getting involved. This is truly becoming Southwest Georgia's annual parade."

The fun starts at 3:00pm with games for the children and Santa greeting his hopeful      gift-getters. The parade starts at 6:00pm, so come early to grab a perfect seat. As usual, the roads in downtown Albany will be closed at 2:00pm on Saturday.

The parade will start at Pine Avenue and Davis. It will go east to Washington street, where it will turn right. The route then goes back up Broad Street and stops at Madison. Bleachers will be set up on Pine Avenue and Broad streets. Or, you could just find a good place to sit on the sidewalk.

If you can't make it down to the parade, you can watch it live on WALB at 6pm.

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