Weather not stopping Gatlinburg Independence Day Parade

Weather not stopping Gatlinburg Independence Day Parade

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Volunteers work through the rain to get ready for the big parade. Volunteers work through the rain to get ready for the big parade.
"The parade will go on no matter what," said Gatlinburg spokesman Marci Claude. "A little rain will not stop us from putting on a great parade." "The parade will go on no matter what," said Gatlinburg spokesman Marci Claude. "A little rain will not stop us from putting on a great parade."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - The annual Gatlinburg Independence Day parade is still scheduled to kick off Wednesday at midnight, despite the expected rain.

City officials say there are no plans to cancel the parade.

Volunteers who were getting the floats ready Wednesday afternoon did not mind the rain.

Tyler Tilson, one of the volunteers, decided to buy a poncho to stay dry.

"We just bought them in Food City," he said.

City officials say a little rain is not going to keep them from putting on the very first Independence Day parade in the country.

"The parade will go on no matter what," said Gatlinburg spokesman Marci Claude. "A little rain will not stop us from putting on a great parade."

Nick Rowe, who owns Cline's Floats, say they provide 11 floats for the parade. He says having the parade in the rain is not a big deal.

"Most of your big parades are rain or shine," said Rowe. "We open the floats up and it's a go. It's no stopping because you have so many people involved, and so much publicity, you can't really cancel it and reschedule."

The parade goes on because the company has to head to Kingsport after the parade.

Each year the parade draws around 100,000 people. They are hoping the rain will not keep people from coming out.

"It's hard to say what people will do," said Claude. "We want them to come out. We hope a little rain won't keep people from celebrating July 4th with us."

The Gatlinburg fireworks show that is planned for Thursday night is also still a go.

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