Rain or shine: Bi-City Christmas Parade set for Saturday

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 13, 2013 

Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com Santa Claus waves to spectators gathered along Broadway in Uptown Columbus for the 2012 Bi-City Christmas Parade Saturday morning. 12/08/12


Rain or shine there will be a Bi-City Christmas Parade, according to parks and recreation officials.

The parade is just one of a few outdoor events that officials say will likely not be canceled despite a 100 percent chance of rain Saturday.

Forecasters expect the rain to move in overnight, with temperatures hovering in the low 50s around the time the Reindeer Run will kick off downtown. But there's a very good chance it will rain throughout the run and parade.

Holli Browder, assistant director at Columbus' Parks and Recreation Department, said Friday the parade will go on even if it's raining.

Here are the details for some of the events this weekend in the Chattahoochee Valley:

Reindeer Run: Children's Miracle Network at Midtown Medical Center and Country's Barbecue are sponsoring the 14th annual Reindeer Run for Kids on Saturday. The race benefits the Children's Miracle Network. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Country's on Broadway, 1329 Broadway. Registration includes one long-sleeve Reindeer Run T-shirt. Go to http://www.columbusregional.com for more info. Register at http://www.active.com

2013 Bi-City Christmas Parade: The annual parade will feature marching bands, city officials and others. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Phenix City. The route begins on the corner of Dillingham and Broad Streets, going down Broad Street, before turning right on 13th Street, continuing over the 13th Street Bridge, down Broadway toward 9th Street and ending at the Government Center in Columbus, at 3111 Citizens Way.

Dive-In Movie Night: The Columbus Aquatic Center will screen 2009's "A Christmas Carol," starring Jim Carrey, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. Attendees may float in the pool or sit in the stadium seating. Admission is free; concessions will be available. Lifeguards will be on duty. The Aquatic Center is located at 1603 Midtown Drive. Call 706-225-3980 for more info.

Uptown Drum Circle: This community drum circle uses percussion instruments as a tool of unity. It is not a drumming class but is instead a family-friendly event for celebrating life through rhythm. People of all levels of expertise are invited; all percussion instruments are welcome. From 6-9 p.m. Saturday on the 1100 block of Broadway at the concrete stage. Call 706-580-4202 for more info.

Fantasy in Lights: Featuring 8 million lights and 15 different scenes, Callaway Gardens' signature holiday event was named one of the top 10 places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. Through Dec. 30. Discounted tickets are available at the Kelley Hill, Harmony Church and Sand Hill recreation centers. Go to http://callawaygardens.com or call 706-626-7644 for more info.

"A Tuna Christmas:" For the 12th year, Paul Pierce and Springer Theater Academy director and associate artistic director Ron Anderson star in the holiday cult classic about the Christmas goings-on in the third smallest town in Texas. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Dec. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the McClure Theatre, Springer Opera House, 1022 First Ave. Tickets are $37, $32 (seniors and public service personnel) and $17 (children and students). Call 706-327-3688 for more info.

"A Christmas Carol:" The Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., is offering a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40, $34 (seniors and public service personnel) and $17 (children and students). Go to http://www.springeroperahouse.com or call 706-327-3688 to buy tickets and for more show times.

Gabriel Iglesias: The comedian who rose to prominence for his stand-up specials such as "Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy," which aired on Comedy Central will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter, 900 Broadway. Go to http;//www.rivercenter.org or call 706-256-3612 to buy tickets and for more info.

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