Auburn Christmas parade a go with ‘a little rain’

Heavy rain, ice, winds could shut parade down
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A little rain won’t stop the Auburn Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday.

That’s the word from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event’s chairman Steve Galyardt.

The parade runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on a route from Downtown Auburn through the Gold Country Fairgrounds, along Lincoln Way and High Street.

A total of 100 entries will be lighting up the streets in a 27-year-old tradition that brings out as many as 10,000 spectators — some putting out chairs on the streetside to reserve prime viewing spots well before the parade starts.

The parade has been postponed before and Galyardt said that a little rain won’t stop it but the organizing committee does look at guidelines in front of Saturday’s event. A parade stoppage could be caused if:

  • The condition on the parade route is judged to be too dangerous for floats, people and animals. Conditions to cancel include ice on the ground, high winds or heavy rain.

  • An emergency declaration by the city.

“Other than that, a little rain won’t stop the best Christmas parade in America,” Galyardt stated. “Santa has scheduled a special visit to Auburn and we don’t want to disappoint him.”

While Galyardt expressed optimism that the parade would go forward, he added that the committee would meet late Wednesday to determine whether the parade would be held with rain in the forecast. Potential parade-goers would be able to find out if there is a change in parade plans at or 530-885-5616.