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(November 5, 2012) – Concord, NC – Mark your calendars for a weekend of fun and festivity starting with the City of Concord fifteenth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 16, 2012. Sponsored by Cabarrus Bank and Trust and CMC-NorthEast, the annual event will once again feature family entertainment, Santa, and fireworks!

The evening of fun takes place in Historic Downtown Concord, with activities focused on Market and Union Streets. For the 2012 event, organizers had to find a new launch location for the popular fireworks show because the former launch site on top of the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck now hosts an 80 megawatt photovoltaic array (solar panels). City officials worked with their counterparts at Cabarrus County to find a new launch location, which is the county’s surface parking lot between Barbrick Avenue, Spring Street, and Corban Avenue.

Although parking in and surrounding that parking lot will not be available after 3:00 p.m. the day of the event, there will be a net gain of free public parking this year. The top level of the Cabarrus Avenue will now be available for public parking, as well as Cabarrus County’s parking lot behind the historic courthouse, accessible from Church Street or Means Avenue.

Downtown Concord’s new athletic facility, Carolina Courts, is also offering free public parking in its lot. The facility is located at 24 Spring Street SW and is accessible from Spring Street or Corban Avenue. Other parking will remain available in several locations.

Event Highlights:
5:30: Motorized Trolley, Horse-drawn carriage rides, and children’s activities begin
6:00: Opening Ceremony and introduction of Santa
6:10: Music from The Choral Academy
6:35: Music from Gary Gilmore
7:00: Music from Irvin, Coltrane-Webb, and Furr Elementary Schools
7:30: Tree lighting and fireworks!

Also, be sure to visit the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Art Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the free Modern Film Fest @ Davis screening of Snitch.

On Saturday, November 17, the fun continues with the 84th Annual ACN Concord Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Church Street North at Lake Concord Road NE and ends at Union Street South at Corban Avenue.

Throughout its history, Parade Marshals have been chosen from the local community and for their leadership and contributions to the City. This year the parade will salute CMC-NorthEast, which is celebrating its seventy-fifth year of serving Concord and the greater community.

Jon Wilson of Fox News Rising’s (WCCB-TV) Wilson’s World will serve as the parade’s special celebrity guest. The City of Concord is sponsoring the parade’s Band Awards.

The parade is produced by the Cabarrus Events Association. For parade application, line up, winners, and additional information, please visit www.cabarrusevents.org.

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