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Clarksdale Gears Up for Second Annual ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas Festival


The City of Clarksdale is set to kick off its second annual ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas Festival,’ from November 30 to New Year’s Eve. Festivities commence with the Christmas parade on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in downtown Clarksdale. The highlight, the lighting of a massive Christmas tree, is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown stage, sponsored by the City of Clarksdale and Crossroads Economic Partnership.

The community will also enjoy a festive Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley ride, sponsored by the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Center, showcasing Christmas decorations across town. On Dec. 2, a ‘Santa in the Park’ event at 9 a.m. promises family-friendly festivities. ‘Christmas at Carnegie’ takes place on Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and features books, games, hot chocolate, and more at the Carnegie Public Library.

Later in the month, the ‘Taste of Christmas’ on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium will include a performance by Edna Luckett’s band and various games. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Sasse Park with an outdoor fitness court is set for Dec. 19 at 3 p.m., offering music, games, and Christmas activities. The grand finale will be a New Year’s Eve party with a ball dropping in downtown Clarksdale on Dec. 31.