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Asheville Holiday Parade rolls despite steady rain
Monday, 02 December 2019 21:42

Shortened parade draws 3,500 enthusiasts

From Staff Reports

Under steady rain and some wind, a thinly attended and very abbreviated 73rd Annual Asheville Holiday Parade splashed through downtown Asheville at midday Nov. 23.

The parade, scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m., reportedly began on time and ended about 12:07 p.m. All of the high school marching bands — and many of the other non-vehicular entries — canceled their appearances because of the weather.

About 3,500 people braved the elements, Asheville police at the event told the Daily Planet immedately after it ended. Usually, the parade draws crowds exceeding 15,000 people.

Asheville’s parade marshall, Madeline Delp, an Asheville native who was Ms. Wheelchair USA 17/18, reportedly looked radiant as she rode in on a float under a huge umbrella, smiling and waving at the rain-drenched spectators, who dodged puddles of water along the streets.

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