Wet weather may affect Beaufort’s Christmas festivities
During the decades of Marines toting instruments along downtown streets, cheerleaders performing and dancers spinning during the annual Christmas parade in Beaufort, no one recalls weather ever changing plans.
Though the forecast of certain rain for the next rendition Sunday afternoon isn’t hopeful, organizers expect to press on. But Santa better bring in umbrella.
The parade is scheduled for 3 p.m.
I’ve told everybody just pray,” said Pat HarveyPalmer, who has been involved in the parade 25 years, the past 12 as an organizer. “Hopefully we’ll have some sunshine and have a parade. All we need is about three to four hours and we’re good to go.”
This year’s parade includes more than 100 entries, with more than 1,000 people expected to participate. The traditional parade route carries the group of bands, local nonprofit organizations, businesses and public officials down Boundary Street from Adventure Street, heads down Carteret Street and then past all the shopfronts on Bay Street.
A fire truck carries Santa as a grand finale.
“This parade is really a parade — everybody is in a good mood; they’re in a festive mood,” HarveyPalmer said. “They decorate; they’re excited.”
Rain could affect plans for the Parris Island Marine Band, which must protect its instruments, Harvey-Palmer said.
If weather does force the parade from its slot, Dec. 16 is the only time
Beaufort’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.