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3 more parades postponed due to rain

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Citing rainy conditions forecast for this weekend, organizers of three more Christmas parades have elected to postpone their events by a week.

Parades in South Mills, Currituck and Hertford have been rescheduled from this Saturday to next Saturday, Dec. 14, organizers said Thursday.

They join organizers of Saturday's scheduled Jaycee’s Christmas Parade in Elizabeth City, who on Wednesday announced that, owing to this weekend’s weather forecast, had postponed their parade until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday’s weather forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, with high temperatures expected in the lower 50s. A north wind 14 to 16 mph is expected, with rainfall of between a quarter and half an inch possible.

Rain is likely Saturday night, with a low around 41. The chance of rain is 60 percent, with new rainfall of between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

On Sunday, rain is also likely with a high near 54 and the chance of rain at 70 percent, according to the weather service.

The coming inclement weather canceled one parade altogether. Organizers of the Winfall parade, also set for Saturday, said the event would be canceled and not rescheduled.

Meanwhile, Rural Christmas at the Rural Center in Powells Point is still planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Most events will be inside a barn; if it rains, only the hay ride may need to be cancelled.

The event costs $5 a person or $20 per family and includes a hay ride and horses, an animal petting area, cookie decorating and face-painting, music, and a bowl of chili and apple cider or hot chocolate for each participant.

Christmas at the Courthouse on Courthouse Road, Currituck, is also still on go from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Events will be moved indoors if needed. Music by the Currituck High School choir, Santa, a tree-lighting at 6 p.m., a small craft sale and tours of the Historic Courthouse and Jail are planned.