The National Weather Service is predicting a blast of wintry weather Thursday, but the Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights will not be called off unless the roads are icy, said Ada Main Street program manager Amy Kaiser.
“We’re taking this seriously, but we’re not going to cancel prematurely because too many people have worked too hard,” she said Wednesday.
Ada’s annual holiday parade is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the downtown business district. The Disney-themed event will include floats decorated with sparking lights, walking groups, marching bands and horses.
Businesses along Main Street will be open late Thursday so parade-watchers can catch up on their holiday shopping.
The fate of the parade hinges on whether Ada’s streets will be safe for driving. The National Weather Service is predicting a 70 percent chance of freezing rain Thursday, with highs around 27.
Thursday night’s forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of snow and sleet, with a high around 18. The wintry blast is expected to continue through the weekend, with a 30 percent chance of snow and freezing drizzle on Sunday night.
Parade organizers are monitoring the weather closely to see whether the streets will be safe for driving by the time the parade starts, Kaiser said. She added that the parade will go on as scheduled if the weather is merely unpleasant, but it will be canceled if conditions turn dangerous.
“Only icy roads will cancel the parade,” she said. “We don’t want anybody to be out in unsafe conditions.”
If the parade is called off, Kaiser will announce the cancellation on radio and TV stations as soon as possible. She will also post the information on Ada Main Street’s Facebook page and notify The Ada News.
Kaiser said if weather forces cancellation, the parade will probably not be rescheduled because there is not enough time before Christmas.