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We’re going to get you in a holiday mood this weekend with a big parade. You’ll also want to catch some live theater, comedy and fundraisers. Real Racine has you covered.

Get festive. The winter holiday season kicks off with the annual Downtown Racine Holiday Parade starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday from State and Main streets. The parade, including bands, floats, entertainers and Santa Claus, runs south along Main and west along Sixth Street to City Hall. Be sure to stick around for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on Monument Square. The 40-foot blue spruce will be glowing with literally thousands of lights. Visit

Let your hair down. The old fairy tale with a new twist, “Let Your Hair Down Rapunzel,” is presented this weekend by the Racine Children’s Theatre, 2519 Northwestern Ave. The show includes some delightful music that everyone will enjoy. Performances are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All seats are just $6. Tickets at 262-633-4218 or

Lots of laughs. Area actor/comedian John McGivern returns to the Comedy Tonight Series with his one-man show, “One More Night With John McGivern” on Saturday at the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Show time is 8 p.m. The show features his touching, funny stories about growing up in a large, working class Irish family in Milwaukee. A sellout crowd is expected so don’t delay! Tickets are $23 adults, $21 seniors and $18 students. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

About the music. Burlington’s Haylofters theater company launches its new show, “Songs for a New World,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a special opening night admission of $13 at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. The show presents a moving collection of powerful songs examining life, love and the choices we make. Other performances ($15 admission) are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.”Songs” continues Nov. 17-20. Tickets at 262-763-9873 or

Dressing down. One of the area’s most unusual 5k runs starts at 10 a.m. Saturday outside John’s Dock, 303 Dodge St. The “Nearly Naked 5k” encourages runners to bundle up in layers and then remove a piece of clothing at each kilometer mark along the course. Clothing will be donated to the Racine Hospitality Center. The $45 fee includes a finisher’s medal, goodie bag, hooded shirt and sweatpants and a post-run party. Register at

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