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Kick off this mid-November weekend with a festive parade. Then, there is live theater, comedy and a patriotic concert. It’s all happening in Racine County. Real Racine has you covered!

Love a parade. The winter holiday season starts Saturday with the Downtown Racine Holiday Parade. This annual event, featuring bands, floats, cars and Santa himself, starts 5:30 p.m. at State and Main streets. The parade route runs south down Main and west along Sixth Street to City Hall. Then, be sure to stick around for the Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. A beautiful 35-foot blue spruce is all ready to go at Monument Square. Visit

For the kids. The Racine Children’s Theatre presents “Mostly Monsterly,” an original musical performed by the Sunset Playhouse Bug in a Rug productions. Show times are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. All seats are $6. Order tickets at 262-633-4218 or online at

Try some comedy. Keith Alberstadt, a world traveled comedian, is the next performer in the Comedy Tonight Series at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. He’s been a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon and has entertained U.S. military troops in the Middle East and Japan. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors and $13 for students. Call 262-633-4218 or visit

Opening night. Burlington’s Haylofters theater troupe opens “Chess: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St. This musical develops the game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. “Chess” will also be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and continues Nov. 20-22. Opening night tickets are $12. All other performances are $15. Call 262-763-9873 or visit

Anchors Aweigh. Everyone is invited to a free salute to veterans performed by the Navy Band Great Lakes. The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rita Tallent Pickens Performing Arts Center main stage on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Road, Somers.

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