Although several area communities have canceled Christmas parades scheduled for today, officials in Webb City, Seneca and Miami, Okla., confirmed on Friday that their events are going forward as planned.
Officials in Baxter Springs, Riverton and Galena in Southeast Kansas as well as Neosho announced Friday that their annual Christmas parades were being canceled because of inclement weather.
But the Little Mr. & Miss Holiday crowning set for 10 a.m. today in Baxter Springs will take place, but it will be indoors at the Soda Fountain, 1136 Military Ave.
The loss of numerous parade entries also was cited as one of the reasons for the cancellation of Neosho’s parade.
“The double whammy of an ice storm ... followed by below freezing temperatures on Saturday, and the loss of numerous parade entries due to the parade’s rescheduling has created a situation where canceling the 2013 Neosho Christmas Parade is the best decision,” Shana Griffin, executive with the Neosho Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement issued Friday.
“The rescheduling from our original Dec. 6 date cost us numerous entries and would have produced a parade that doesn’t meet our expectations. The impending freezing rain and sub-freezing temperature forecast for (today) also created concerns for safety, and made the decision to cancel inevitable.”
The Webb City parade begins at 2 p.m. today, according to the Webb City Chamber of Commerce. The parade gets under way at Daughtery and Oronogo streets and follows Main Street before wrapping up at Third and Main.
The Miami, Okla., parade beings at 3 p.m. at Fifth and North Main streets and travels to Second and South Main streets.
The Seneca parade begins at 6 p.m. on Main Street, but parade coordinator Lesa Boyer said there will be no marching bands.
Other Seneca events include a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Seneca Telephone Community Room, 816 Oneida Ave. The cost is $1 for children and $2 for adults. A Christmas wreath auction also is planned for 3 p.m. at City Hall, 1303 Cherokee St.