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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  An annual sign of Christmas is now up in downtown Albany. Water Gas and Light crews put up the city's Christmas tree in front of the courthouse Monday.

The Cypress tree was donated by Lily Crawford. For the first time, the city will use low energy LED lights on the tree. The Slappey family will light the tree in memory of John Slappey who drowned last year when he was pulled over a spillway at the Jim Woodruff dam while duck hunting on Lake Seminole.

WG&L searched far and wide for the perfect tree.  "Every year we have two or three people call us from southwest Georgia and we go tree hunting and this year we think we've just gotten and absolutely beautiful tree," said WG&L Assistant General Manager Customer Relations Lorie Farkas.

The tree will be lit just before the 20th annual Christmas Parade Saturday. This year's theme is 20 years through the looking glass and will include the return of fireworks before the parade.

You can watch a live broadcast of the parade right here on WALB starting at 6:00 Saturday night.

 

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