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My Charleston Weekend: Do the New Year your way

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Olympic silver medalist and Charleston native Raven Saunders will serve as the grand marshal for Charleston's annual Emancipation Parade. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Step into the new year in grand Charleston style. Love a jubilant parade with an acclaimed grand marshal. Sip craft beer while listening to Charleston-sprung sounds. Turn a new page with a last look at a local artist’s exhibition. Bring the kids along for an annual family fest.

It’s high time for 2022, so let’s toast the new year.

Root on Raven Saunders at Emancipation Proclamation Parade

Join 2020 Olympic silver medalist Raven Saunders for this year’s Emancipation Proclamation Parade, where she is grand marshal.

The Charleston native and Burke High School graduate achieved international acclaim at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo for her 19.79-meter shot put throw.

The parade steps off at Burke High, then proceeds east on Fishburne Street, north on Ashley Avenue, east on Sumter Street, south on King Street, east on Calhoun Street and south on Wharfside Street to the International African American Museum.

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When and where: 11 a.m. Jan. 1; starts at Burke High School, 244 President St., and concludes at the construction site of the International African American Museum at Gadsden’s Wharf.

Why it’s hot: Charleston’s got tremendous talent.

Who it’s for: Those seeking to celebrate historic moments with Charleston greats.

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Friends and families celebrate New Year's Eve at a Dance Party in Marion Square during the Happy New Year, Charleston event in 2018. This year's event is at the Charleston Visitor Center and Bus Shed from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Find family fun at Happy New Year, Charleston!

This year, the family-friendly “Happy New Year, Charleston!” takes over the Charleston Visitor Center and Bus Shed for an alcohol-free evening of live music, entertainment and related festive measures to usher in 2022.

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When and where: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 31; Charleston Visitor Center and Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston.

Why it’s hot: Festivities abound.

Who it’s for: New Year's Eve revelers of all ages.

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South Carolina R&B artist Niecy Blues  performed at the inaugural Extra Chill Festival in 2018. This year, An Extra Chill New Year's Eve is produced with LO-Fi Brewing in North Charleston, starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. File/Mia Naome Al-Taher/Provided

Chill out on New Year's Eve with local brews and bands

LO-Fi Brewing and Extra Chill are playing host to An Extra Chill New Year's Eve with several local bands, including Human Resources, Slim S.O.U.L & The Psycodelics, Tennis Courts and Aggie Flores.

The event will also feature a night market curated by The Almighty Apparel, visual art installations from New Paradigm Productions, a local food vendor and craft beers on tap.

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When and where: Starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 31; LO-Fi Brewing, 2038 Meeting St. in North Charleston.

Why it’s hot: It’s local and it's LO-Fi.

Who it’s for: Those with a taste for homegrown suds and sounds.

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Follow Maura Hogan on Twitter at @msmaurahogan.

Maura Hogan is the arts critic at The Post and Courier. She has previously written about arts, culture and lifestyle for The New York Times, Gourmet, Garden & Gun, among other publications.