With Clifford the Big Red Dog among the celebrities, the annual Greensboro Jaycee Holiday Parade will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Clifford and dozen other big balloons will be in the procession, along with 20 high school and college bands and the 82nd Airborne Division Band from Fort Bragg. Members of the Army Reserve’s 422nd Civic Affairs Co., who returned from Iraq earlier this year, will march with the division band.

The parade will be begin at North Greene and Lindsay streets, go south on Greene, turn east on West Market to East Market and turn north on North Church Street. It will end near the Greensboro Children’s Museum at Lindsay and Church streets.

The balloons will be inflated a few hours before the parade in the parking lot of the Wrangler Building at North Elm and Lindsay streets.

As a sidelight to the parade, the Carolina Model Railroad Club will have its annual Christmas open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The club is two blocks from the parade route on East Washington Street in the Galyon Depot complex. This will be the last chance to see the club’s train layout before it’s replaced with one that depicts a route from Greensboro to Asheville.

Admission is free.

Trains will bring Santa

to High Point via Amtrak

It’s the closest you’ll get to riding the Polar Express.

Santa Claus will be aboard Amtrak’s Piedmont passenger train from Raleigh to Charlotte and Amtrak’s Carolinian from Charlotte to Raleigh this Saturday and next. Stops by both trains include Burlington, Greensboro and High Point.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some quality time with the family during this busy holiday season,’’ said Patrick Simmons, director of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division. Both trains are subsidized by the state.

Simmons said holiday music, stories and candy will be the entertainment.

The Piedmont leaves Raleigh at 7:15 a.m. and departs Cary at 7:27 a.m.; Durham,

7:46 a.m.; Burlington, 8:23 a.m.; Greensboro, 8:50 a.m.; High Point, 9:04 a.m.; Salisbury,

9:40 a.m.; and arrives in Charlotte at 10:30 a.m.

The Carolinian leaves Charlotte at 7:50 a.m., departs Salisbury, 8:35 a.m.; High Point,

9:08 a.m.; Greensboro,

9:28 a.m.; Burlington, 9:54 a.m.; Durham, 10:34 a.m.; Cary,

10:54 a.m.; and arrives in Raleigh at 11:10 a.m.

Reservations are required for both trains. Children 2 years and younger can ride free. Children 3 to 15 ride at half fare. Seniors 62 and older get discounts.

— Staff Reports

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