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Weather delays parades in Royston, Canon

White Christmases are great, but rainy ones just cause problems.

Wet weather – and maybe worse – has caused the rescheduling of two local Christmas parades.

The Canon parade, originally scheduled for this past Saturday, was postponed by cold, wet weather.

The parade is now set for Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

Lineup will be on Depot Street, with the parade coming up Depot Street to Highway 17 and then south to just past City Hall.

The threat of a winter storm has also postponed the Royston Christmas Parade, which had been scheduled for Sunday.

The National Weather Service is predicting, with 90 percent certainty, that Royston will be hit by a winter storm Saturday into Sunday, City Manager Ed Andrews said.

Even if not, predicted 38-degree weather and rain is “not a good thing” for a parade, he said.

The parade will be pushed back to Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Lineup will still be on Old Elbert Road, with the parade route up Highway 17 to Highway 29 to the Dill’s Shopping Center.

“Public safety is my biggest concern,” Andrews said.

Andrews met with Police Chief Donnie Bolemon and DDA Director Michael Crump Wednesday before making the decision to postpone the parade.

There are still some Christmas activities scheduled for this weekend.

The city of Carnesville will hold its Christmas tree lighting Friday at 6 p.m. and its Children’s Walking Parade Saturday at 2 p.m.

Carnesville’s Breakfast With Santa has been cancelled.

Franklin Community Players will also hold its Breakfast With the Grinch Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Several area churches also have activities planned.

For a complete list of Christmas activities, see our Christmas calendar on Page 5A.

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