The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 6, 2013

Palestine parade postponed; other weekend events still on

PALESTINE —

Old Man Winter and his buddy Jack Frost are still wreaking havoc on Palestine's Christmas events this weekend.

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the annual Palestine Christmas Parade of Lights has been rescheduled from this Saturday to next Saturday, Dec. 14.

“Weather predictions for Saturday do not seem conducive to parade activities and a number of entries dropped out because of the weather,” Palestine City Manager Wendy Ellis told the Herald-Press Friday. “Rescheduling the parade for next week gives us the best opportunity for people to participate and we want the community and visitors to be able to enjoy it.”

According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Anderson County's forecast for today calls for a 40 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet after noon with a high near 33 and a low around 27. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. On Sunday, there's a 30 percent chance of sleet mainly before noon with the low around 25.

“We will still light the Courthouse Square this weekend so everyone can enjoy it, but we will not hold a lighting ceremony,” Ellis said.

A handful of events will still continue this weekend — including “Christmas in Toyland” Breakfast with Santa, Santa's Magical Workshop, Ladies Day Out Shopping Event, Stained Glass Tour and the Dogwood Jamboree's Christmas show.

A few of the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce's Frost Fest events scheduled to continue this weekend include the “Freeze Your Buns” 5K; and the “Hearth & Tinsel” Tour of Homes from 3 to 6 p.m. by trolley.

Due to the weather, one home owner did drop out of the home tour. However, three homes are still featured on the tour including the following addresses: 616 S. Sycamore St., 412 S. Royall St. and 212 W. Reagan St. Tickets can be purchased at any of the homes on the tour Saturday for $20.

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