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Concord Christmas events start Friday

CONCORD – The city of Concord will have its 14th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will feature family entertainment, Santa and fireworks!
The evening takes place in Historic Downtown Concord, with activities focused on Market and Union Streets http://www.concorddowntown.com/directions-parking.html . Parking is available in several locations.
Event highlights:
5:30 p.m.: Motorized trolley, horse-drawn carriage rides and children’s activities begin;
6: Opening ceremony and introduction of Santa;
6:10: Music from The Choral Academy;
6:35: Music from Gary Gilmore;
7: Music from Beverly Hills, Irvin and McAllister elementary schools;
7:30: Tree lighting and fireworks.
Visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s http://cabarrusartscouncil.org/the-galleries/gallery-events/ Art Walk from 6-9 p.m., followed by the free http://www.modernfilmfest.net/mff-at-the-davis-theatre/automorphosis Modern Film Fest at Davis screening of “Automorphosis.”
On Saturday, the fun continues with the http://www.cabarrusevents.org/id63.html ACN 83rd Concord Christmas Parade. The parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road N.E. and ends at Union Street South at Corban Avenue S.E.-S.W.
During the parade’s 83-year history, parade marshals were chosen from the local community and for their leadership and contributions to the city. This year, ACN and Cabarrus Events Association salute the http://www.bgclubcab.org/ Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County as they celebrate their 65th year of serving the community.
The city of Concord is presenting the marching bands; CMC-NorthEast is sponsoring the float awards; and the Boys and Girls Club is sponsoring the band awards. The parade is produced by the Cabarrus Events Association.
For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit http://www.cabarrusevents.org www.cabarrusevents.org.

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