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Admit it.  You have gotten over your shock of seeing Christmas decorations up in the stores around Halloween and you are actually starting to get into the spirit.  I walked by the James Center this morning and they were outside working on the setup for Grand Illumination.  Seeing all the reindeer and the lights going up initially caused me some panic, but then I realized that was just the holiday spirit. 

Usually Richmond waits until Thanksgiving is over (at least 10 minutes after is over) before the holiday festivities begin.  But even Richmond seems to have started early this year.  If you want to get into the spirit too, the Ashland Holiday Parade is the perfect place to start.  This parade is chock full of small town charm, marching bands, costumed kids, and men in little cars.  Of course,  it wouldn’t be a holiday parade without Santa Claus who arrives at the end riding an antique fire truck (should be around 4:15). 

The 41st annual Ashland Old Time Holiday Parade will be held tomorrow, November 21st at 2:30 p.m.  It starts at Thompson Street S. Snead Street and will follow Thompson Street east across the railroad tracks and along England Street to Henry Street. Going north along Henry Street, it will end at Archie Cannon Drive in front of John Gandy Elementary School.  The weather should be beautiful so go out and get an early dose of Christmas spirit.

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