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The Christmas Parade scheduled for this Saturday night has been postponed due to impending severe weather according to Kari Daniel, the organizer of the parade that is put on each year by the Paris Downtown Association.
The decision comes on the heals of numerous other events planned for the weekend have been postponed or cancelled as well.
“We took into account all the children that would be on the floats and the safety of all our participants and spectators and decided this weekend just wasn’t going to work,” Daniel said. “Next weekend has a chance of rain already so instead of pushing it back again, we went ahead and scheduled for the 21st.”
“We hope everyone will join us on the 21st for a Rockin’ Christmas (the theme of this year’s parade)! We will continue to take entries until the 20th so anyone who was holding off because of the weather now has plenty of time to get an entry in.”
To enter contact Kari Daniel at Kari@shopgreenparis.com or entry forms can be downloaded at www.holidayinparistexas.com
Lamar County school districts met yesterday and today and have announce 2 hour delayed starts for all Lamar County public school districts.
“We will look at the weather starting at 6am tomorrow morning and make an announcement by 8am of whether or not we will cancel school,” said Tommy Chalaire, superintendent of Chisum Independent School District.
Numerous other events such as Covenant Christian Church’s Blue Christmas have also been rescheduled.
The winter storm is a named storm – Winter Storm Cleon. Cleon is stretching from Texas to the Ohio Valley, bringing with it snow and severe ice storms. Precipitation began mid-morning in Paris and as the temperatures continue to drop from yesterday’s high of 79 to below freezing, the roads have become increasingly slick. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for 68 hours, with freezing rain expected to continue through tonight and tomorrow making travel conditions dangerous for the area.
Stay tuned to the eParis Extra for continued updates on the weather conditions and closings.