The Nutcracker Ballet kicks off the holiday season in Cenla

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - It's officially Christmas season here in Central Louisiana with the performance of the Nutcracker.

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Hundreds gathered at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Downtown Alexandria Saturday night for the long-time tradition.

The Red River Dance Theatre Company brings dancers and performers from dance and theatre schools all over Rapides Parish and beyond to show their talents.

More than 70 performers are a part of this year's show, making it the largest cast ever.

There will be a second performance on December 1 at 2:00 p.m.

For ticket information, visit Redriverdance.org.

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