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Rain pushes some local Christmas parades back

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(WRCB) - It's raining on several local parades. Some communities are sticking it out and going through with their Christmas parades as planned Friday evening, but others say it's just too wet for the elaborate celebrations they've spent weeks putting together.

More than a half million lights are in place in downtown Lafayette. Parks and Rec workers are putting the finishing touches on the annual Christmas display. But thanks to the weather, the floats, fire trucks and Santa are all staying in Friday night.

"Saw there was supposed to be a 100-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms and due to the fact that we have almost 4,000 people out here for the Christmas parade, we thought it was the best idea to move the date to next week," Lafayette Main Street Manager Matthew Williams said.

City council voted to postpone the parade, pointing to safety concerns, in addition to it just putting a damper on the Christmas spirit.

"Everybody puts a lot of time and of course money into their floats, and we don't want any of it to go to waste if it decides to rain," Williams said.

City officials made the same call up the road in Rossville, too.

"It was just going to be too bad, and we had high school bands that were going to be in it and have their uniforms and their instruments and it was all going to get wet," Rossville Recreation President Carthell Rogers said.

But pushing it back, unfortunately means some participants aren't able to come this year because they're already booked for next week.

"Especially the kids they're disappointed. For instance the school chorus they were just devastated because they couldn't come and perform in front of a big crowd," Rogers said.

Red Bank's soggy Christmas tree won't be lit Friday night either, but postponing their parade actually meant more participants signing up.

"It's just a really warm, fuzzy feeling for everybody to participate," Red Bank City Manager Randall Smith said.

Organizers in the towns that postponed just hope mother nature doesn't come back to bite them next week, too.

"We'll probably have it next week rain or shine. We can't just keep putting it off because nobody wants to come to a Christmas parade in January," Smith said.

We have a list of Christmas parades and festivals.

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