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December 22, 2013

Velma cancels Christmas parade

DUNCAN — Temperatures remained above freezing, but the continuation of rainfall caused the Town of Velma to cancel its Christmas parade Saturday.

The decision was made about 10 a.m. Saturday, one hour before the parade was scheduled to start. Velma Mayor Sean Enloe said he was waiting for a break in the rainfall, which would have allowed the town’s parade to go on as scheduled. But the rain hadn’t let up by the time the decision was made.

“The streets are OK,” Enloe said. “It’s not even freezing here.”

Saturday was the second date set for Velma’s Christmas parade. Originally, the parade was scheduled for the morning of Dec. 7, but winter weather resulted in the postponement of the parade. In the days leading to Dec. 7, freezing rain and snow caused hazardous road conditions. In the week following, the town chose Saturday for the parade.

Enloe said the trees throughout Velma were filled with ice from Friday’s rainfall. He said Saturday’s rain didn’t seem to have any impact on the current condition of the town, other than forcing the cancellation of the parade.

But the parade wasn’t the only way Velma residents were celebrating the holiday season this weekend. Friday night, houses throughout the community were judged on their Christmas lights and decorations. Santa Claus was also scheduled to spent two hours in Velma Town Hall.

“Santa will be at town hall, especially since it’s indoors,” Enloe said Saturday morning.

Enloe did express disappointment in the cancellation of the parade, but was glad the town could continue with Santa’s schedule. In previous years, Santa has appeared in the town park. But with his appearance scheduled for town hall, Santa did receive a little more flexibility with the weather.

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