WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Webb City’s annual Christmas parade marched on Saturday, despite cold weather and gray skies.
Many parade-goers, such as Carl Junction resident Kandy Fort, took refuge inside businesses along Main Street to get warm, including Minerva Candy Co.
“It is almost too cold for a parade ... today so we headed inside to get some coffee to warm up,” Fort said. “The line is long in here.”
“We’ve sold a lot of hot chocolate this year and people have been still streaming in to get out of the cold,” said Charmaine McCrary, who waited tables before the parade at Norma’s Diner, another business on Main Street.
The parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 5, but officials postponed it due to the threat of bad weather. Though the ground was free of snow and ice Saturday, temperatures struggled to make it out of the 20s for the parade’s 2 p.m. kickoff.
Even though some parade-goers were looking for ways to avoid the cold, parade participants braved the temperatures along the nearly mile-long route. Webb City High School ROTC member Lage Grigsby said that he was looking forward to the annual event.
“We were prepared despite missing school this week (from weather cancellations),” Grigsby said. “It was really cold out there, but it brings pride to march in my city’s parade.”
While Webb City’s parade went off, officials in Baxter Springs, Riverton and Galena in Southeast Kansas as well as Neosho announced Friday that their annual Christmas parades — all planned for Saturday — were canceled because of the weather.
Seneca and Miami, Okla., also had parades Saturday.
In Seneca, the city’s annual all-day Christmas celebration began with a pancake breakfast in the morning and continued with a scavenger hunt and wreath auction before the evening parade. This year was the first for the Seneca Chamber of Commerce wreath auction. Twenty wreaths raised $508.50 in under 30 minutes, according to chamber board member Valeria Cole. The money this year helped fund the parade’s awards.
“We are really hoping to make this a tradition each year,” Cole said. “This was one more event that really adds to the holiday spirit, and it helps promote Seneca’s businesses.”
JOPLIN’S 43RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE, originally set for Dec. 10, was postponed because of bad weather. It is now set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It starts at 20th and Main streets and travels north to Third Street.