Holiday parade moved to Dec. 13

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 4, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Lakita Frazier, director of Suffolk’s Department of Parks and Recreation, said the holiday parade for the city has been postponed due to predicted inclement weather. The new date is Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at 10 a.m.

&uot;It is very important to us that we could offer the best event but we must consider people’s health. We’ve kept a close eye on the weather and it is expected to be cold and rainy and we don’t want the children out in the rain… I’m sure other parents feel the same. We do look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday, and we’re hoping for a beautiful day.&uot;

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Parks and Rec works in conjunction with Suffolk’s Downtown Business Association (DBA), and the president of the organization, Andy Damiani, said he expects the parade to be a big hit with children of all ages.

&uot;We have this little bit of bad weather expected Saturday, but we also expect the parade Parks and Rec puts on to be a great show,&uot; said Damiani. &uot;I’ve been a citizen of Suffolk since 1958 and I cannot remember a time when Suffolk failed to have Santa visit the city for the Holiday Parade. We’ll all welcome him to town next Saturday.&uot;

He added that parades are part of our American heritage, and that such an event brings out the kid in all of us.

&uot;This is a tradition that every American, especially our kids, enjoys and it just brings the spirit of the holidays to the forefront,&uot; said Damiani. &uot;We also hope that people will take advantage of the special sales taking place all day next Saturday. There are some really nice shops and they’ve planned some great sales.&uot;