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Christmas parades, Sounds of the Season events celebrate holiday this week

Perhaps no county in the area will welcome the Christmas season in finer style than Pike County. The municipalities will host their annual nighttime Christmas parades beginning Monday in Troy at 7 p.m., followed by Brundidge at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Goshen on at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

And, in the midst of the parades, the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts will present its annual Sounds of the Season holiday celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater. Sounds of the Season is offered as a special gift to the community and is free and open to the public.

This year’s show, titled “Christmas Traditions,” features special guest artist Bobby Horton with students and faculty from the John M. Long School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“Christmas Traditions” will feature internationally renowned performer Bobby Horton who will serve as host, narrator and guest artist for the evening. Horton is a familiar and favorite performer to area theater goers. He has performed at Troy University and at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge.

The program will include Christmas stories and a wide variety of traditional Christmas music performed by Horton and the Concert Chorale, Symphony Band, POPulus, music theater and dance students and faculty soloist. There will be an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along led by Horton.

Following the production, everyone is invited to participate in the annual lighting of the Troy University Campus Christmas Tree.