December 5, 2013

Postponing parade was right decision

The Daily Citizen

— Dalton’s “Dreams of Christmas,” its theme for this year’s downtown holiday parade, are put off, at least for a week.

Originally scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m., officials decided shortly after noon that the chance of rain and the possibility of thunderstorms were too strong to carry on the parade as scheduled. It is now set for Thursday, Dec. 12, at the same time with the same route.

Officials with the Dalton Noon Lions Club, which sponsors the parade, had given themselves a 2 p.m. deadline to decide whether to postpone the annual event. We applaud them for deciding earlier, thereby preventing many participants from making final preparations for naught.

Although many were looking forward to attending the parade to see their families and friends marching or riding in it, it was a wise decision to postpone it in the hopes of better — and more seasonal — weather. It wouldn’t be a good idea to ask people to be out in heavy rain, and it’s an even worse idea to be marching with metal band instruments or colorguard staffs in a thunderstorm.

Plus, early forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures and sunny skies next week.

But if you’ve got your heart set on seeing a Christmas parade, you won’t have to wait long. The folks in Murray County are putting theirs on on Saturday at 6 p.m. along Third Avenue. With a theme of “Christmas on the Silver Screen,” it is hosted by the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce.

Although there is a chance of rain for that day, chamber officials are hoping the chances will diminish. An official said Thursday that a final decision will be made by 3 p.m. Saturday if the parade will be postponed.

A lot of planning and effort goes into making these parades happen, and while it’s a shame all that effort will be delayed a week in Dalton, we shouldn’t change our plans to come out and show our support.

And with the Dalton parade now being closer to Christmas, it may make Santa Claus’ appearance at the end of the festivities a little more special.