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Another Black Friday is in the books and the same can be said about Cyber Monday. The Christmas tree is up in front of the Madison County Courthouse.

If you didn't already know, the holiday season is officially here.

With the season comes one of our favorite traditions, Christmas parades.

In Madison County, we're fortunate to have not one, but two. And they're on back-to-back nights.

Richmond kicks off the fun this Friday at 7 p.m. with more than 120 floats or entries. Berea caps it off Saturday with the Twilight Christmas parade starting at 6.

There will be bands, floats, candy and tons of holiday cheer at both parades.

It's a time for families and friends to enjoy what our county has to offer and simply have fun.

"I encourage the community to come enjoy this fun and candy-filled parade that beautifully kicks off the Christmas season," said Richmond parks board chair Jon McChesney.

And while you're out, stop by the many locally owned businesses that are near the parades.

So when trying to figure out your weekend plans, march to one of the county's Christmas parades -- or enjoy them both. Either way, you're going to have a great time.

Central shines in New York

For more than 280 Madison Central students, they had a Thanksgiving to remember this year.

The Central marching band hit the streets of New York City for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It was Madison Central's first time in the Macy's parade and just the sixth or seventh band from Kentucky to perform there.

It's been a long process for the band to get to New York.

Central was picked to play in the parade after their second application and were told about the opportunity 18 months ago. Ever since, the band has been working, practicing and fundraising for the parade.

And on Thanksgiving, Central wowed the crowd by performing Maroon 5's "Animals" and made all of us from Madison County -- and Kentucky -- proud.

"A once in a lifetime opportunity," said senior Bethany Greenwell who plays the trombone.

She's right. And Central took the opportunity and shined brightly in the Big Apple.

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