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The holiday parade season kicks off in Racine County on Saturday. This November weekend also brings fun for the kids, brassy music and a Veterans Day remembrance. Come along with Real Racine.

It’s Downtown. Head to Downtown Racine late Saturday afternoon for the 17th Annual Holiday Parade and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with a concert by the vocal group Bounding Main followed by the 2018 Racine’s Got Talent winner Aahnna Rae. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. from State and Main streets and proceeds south along Main and west along Sixth Street. Then, stick around at Monument Square for a performance by the Park High School Choir and the tree lighting. The Downtown Racine Corp. invites you to bring winter clothing items (scarves, mittens, hats, etc.) for its Warm Accessories Drive to Monument Square from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Visit:

For the kids. The Racine Children’s Theatre presents “The Elves and the Shoemaker” this weekend. This musical retelling of the favorite story is filled with delightful characters and a gentle message about human kindness. Performances on the Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave., are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All seats are $6. Tickets at: 262-633-4218 or

Curtain going up. Over Our Head Players presents “3C” a bold, new parody at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. This edgy comedy-drama is about an ex-Vietnam serviceman, named Brad, who moves in with Connie and Linda. The play, inspired by a 1970s TV sitcom, was kept off the stage for years by a copyright lawsuit. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “3C” continues weekends through Nov. 25. For tickets, call 262-632-6802 or visit

Lots of laughs. The Comedy Tonight Series continues with the Tony Deyo Comedy Road Trip. Deyo, a former symphony musician, has been a popular late-night TV guest and has the country’s #1 selling stand-up comedy album. He’s joined by stand-up quick wit Vince Maranto. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Tickets are $18 adults; $16 seniors (age 62+) and $13 student (age 21 and younger). Call 262-633-4218 or visit

Here’s Santa. You’re invited to the annual Brunch with Santa at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. A catered meal is served at 11 a.m. Sunday with an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus and meet some of the Zoo’s animals. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for children. Reservations are required. Visit Sunday is also Merry Zoomas at the Zoo with holiday fun and activities for the kids from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pictures with reindeer will be available starting at 1 p.m. It’s included with regular Zoo admission of $4 adults, $3.50 seniors (age 62+) and $3 for children (age 15 and younger). In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday, veterans (with ID) will get free Zoo admission.

Brass music. An afternoon of fun and great music is coming your way at the Brass Spectacular concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Park High School’s John Burns Theater, 1901 12th St. This show features the 45-member Belle City Brassworks brass band, guest artist trumpeter Alan Chez and the BrassaNova ensemble. Admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors and students. Tickets are available in advance at Schmitt Music or at the door.

For Veterans Day. This Sunday is Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I. Historian and actress Jessica Michna will portray Edith Galt Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, and an influential First Lady. The program begins at 1 p.m. at Preservation Hall, 740 Lake Ave., Racine. The program will be preceded by an 11:30 a.m. suffragette rally by women demanding the right to vote. President Wilson signed women’s voting right legislation before he left office. Free admission. Donations accepted for the state Veterans Home of Union Grove.

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