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Parade-goers in South Rowan will have to wait until Friday

Organizers for the Southern Rowan Christmas Parade say although they’ve never canceled the parade in the past, the possibility of icy weather led to Tuesday’s parade being postponed until Friday.
The Friday parade will begin in Landis at 3 p.m. and will continue into China Grove beginning at 4 p.m.
Co-organizer Meredith Smith said because of the possible ice Tuesday evening, they believed it necessary to delay the parade.
“We wanted to make sure for the safety of the children and families that participate,” she said Tuesday afternoon.
She said earlier Tuesday that even with rain falling all day, the parade would have gone on as planned if not for a forecast predicting the possibility of ice and snow around 5 p.m.
Parade participants will assemble the same as they would have on Tuesday, in Landis from 1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Smith hopes all of the entrants will still participate in Friday’s parade.
Organizers are thankful for the Landis and China Grove town staff and police departments, Smith said, adding that the towns have done a “phenomenal job with the amount of work they are given.”
She’s also thankful to the downtown businesses in both China Grove and Landis for being so flexible.
Organizers of the Holiday Caravan parade — scheduled for today in Spencer and Salisbury — say the event will go on rain or shine.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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