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Celebrate the holidays with some names you might know -- Martin O'Malley and Santa Claus -- at the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Sunday.

Viewers can catch a variety of entertainment along the parade route from Poly / Western High Schools (1400 W. Cold Spring Lane) along Falls Road to 36th Street to Chestnut Avenue and ending at 37th Street. The procession will include floats, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the Boumi Temple performers and the Baltimore Marching Ravens.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Visit www.mayorschrist


Today through Sunday, the Hippodrome Theatre at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center plays host to the Washington Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. But lest you think you've seen this before, look again.

Artistic director Septime Webre has changed the traditional ballet to include allusions to American history and to Washington -- the setting is the parlor of a Georgetown mansion in 1882, the Nutcracker looks strangely like the first president, and Frederick Douglass appears in the Party Scene.

But the production is still rooted in the ballet's traditional story -- it's not as if the show will be unrecognizable.

"The Nutcracker" will be performed at the Hippo-drome Theatre, France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Show times are 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $28-$69. Call 410-547-SEAT.


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