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Springfield Christmas Parade Planners Keep Eyes on Weather

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Christmas Parade organizers hope the downtown streets will be filled with floats, marching bands and smiling onlookers Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Christmas Parade organizers hope the downtown streets will be filled with floats, marching bands and smiling onlookers Saturday.

"We've had all kinds of weather in the history of the Christmas parade. It's often cold, sometimes rainy, but this is the most snow and ice we've had to worry about in quite some time," organizer Rusty Worley, of the Urban District Alliance, said. 

This year's parade theme is "Joy to World," but as the Urban District Alliance planned the final touches, Mother Nature hardly seemed joyous.

"It's December in the Ozarks, so you never know," Worley said.

Icy conditions would make for anything but a winter wonderland on the parade route. It has made for a busy prep day.

"We've been fielding a lot of calls today, with the weather and the uncertainty of that, so we felt like a phone bank." Worley said.

Worley said everyone is pulling together to pull off the parade.

"City Public Works has been great. They plan to get out tonight at midnight. In addition to all they do across the city, they will be working along the parade route to get that as clear as they possibly can," he said.

Since several waves of harsh weather have cancelled other area parades, Springfield's celebration may be all-the-more important this year.

"This is an opportunity for those who may not have gotten the opportunity to celebrate in their own individual small-town parade to come out and still enjoy this, feel a part of Christmas," Worley said. "I think that's the biggest thing, just seeing the whole community come out and enjoy this."

The parade is set to start at 2 p.m. at Park Central Square. The route runs to Jordan Valley Park and the festivities are scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m.



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