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THE SEASON COMES MARCHING IN

The holiday parading - by land and by sea - continues. The land promenades include Clearwater, 7 tonight, Cleveland Street, downtown; Dunedin, 11 a.m. Saturday, Alt. U.S. 19 south of Wilson Street to Edgewater Park; Pinellas Park, 6 p.m. Saturday, Park Boulevard from 58th Street to 40th Street; Inverness, noon Saturday, from the County Bus Garage south along Main Street to Highland Avenue; New Port Richey, 7 p.m. Saturday, along Main Street. For a list of boat parades, see Quick Takes on Page 2E.

On slippered soles

The real holiday season is upon us: The Nutcracker season. This weekend's offerings of the classic ballet are highlighted by The Great Russian Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 tonight, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. $27-$65. (727) 892-5767. And The Nutcracker by the Miami City Ballet, 8 tonight, 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $30-$50. (727) 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com.

Feel like a laugh?

Check out some of these well-known comics. George Carlin, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $39-$70. (727) 791-7400; www.rutheckerdhall.com. Jim Gaffigan, 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Ferguson Hall at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa. $34. (813) 229-7827; www.tbpac.com. Suzanne Westenhoefer, 8 p.m. Saturday, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $20-$25. (727) 442-9394; (727) 822-3590; www.mypalladium.org.

Think it through

American Stage in St. Petersburg reprises its hit 2005 production of Proof with the original cast beginning tonight at 8. The show continues through Dec. 23 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $22-$35. (727) 823-7529; www.americanstage.org.

Power trip

Some big names on big wheels - Gunslinger, Predator, Prowler - hit Brooksville this weekend for the Southern Monster Truck Showdown at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. $10 advance, $12 at gate; ages 3 and younger free. (352) 796-4552, www.southernmonstertruckshowdown.com.

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