VIENNA - Although the day had a soggy start, the rain stopped long enough Saturday morning for the Christmas Spirit to come out for the annual Vienna Christmas Parade.
Cynthia Buskirk, parade organizer, said while it looked like Saturday's parade could be a replay of the 2012 edition, the rain held off and there was only a slight mist over Vienna at 11 a.m. as the parade moved along Grand Central Avenue.
"I'm glad the rain stopped for us, however, later it was pouring" she said. "We just had a little misting, not a downpour."
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
In the Vienna Christmas parade, the winner in the non-commercial division was this entry from Cub Scout Pack 20.
Buskirk said the number of units in the parade was down slightly with 75 entries, but she said that did not hurt the parade. Some may have been put off by earlier forecasts of not only rain falling but ice from the skies, she said.
"The spirit was out today," she said. "The people enjoyed it and the kids enjoyed, their spirits were high and there was plenty of candy.
"It was absolutely great."
Vienna Parade Floats
* First: Boy Scout Pack 20
* Second: New Hope Baptist Church
* Third: Cornerstone Gospel Church
* First: Peoples Bank
* Second: Home Depot
* Third: Mels' Diamond House
Buskirk said the the enthusiasm shown by the crowd made up for the lack of sunshine during the parade.
"It's hard to predict the weather, everyone in Vienna seemed to be having a blast," she said. "It would have been nice if the sun was shining, but I couldn't tell much of a difference since everyone had a good time."
People who watched the parade said they were not put off by the weather.
"We go every year because we live here," said Marilyn Pasquarelli of Vienna. "It's a tradition and we love every Vienna Christmas Parade and the rain stopped!"
Kelly Sandy, of Belleville, said she noticed the smaller number of units but she thought the amount of candy collected by the children was large.
"I noticed it was a little shorter this year, I guess because of the weather," she said. "They usually have horses but there was plenty of candy. It was a Wow."
"It was shorter," said Shamya Anderson, of Vienna.
Sandy Carter, of Vienna, said the parade was summed up in one word.
"It was awesome, it was very good," she said. "We come to the parade every year. It may have been a little bit smaller, but at least the weather was not as bad as last year."