Christmas Parade cancelled

Word this morning from the Rappahannock County sheriff and county administrator, and Washington Mayor John Sullivan: The Christmas in Little Washington parade is cancelled.

“Have conferred with John [McCarthy] and Sheriff again,” said Sullivan by email. “It’s just too risky . . . some participants dropping out for understandable reasons . . . weather, weather, weather. Truly disappointing but safety first. Thanks to everyone for all of the effort! Spread the word.

Indoor activities (artisans markets and free performances at the Theatre at Washington) are on as scheduled.

If you head into town, dress warm, and drive carefully (especially on the way home); temperatures won’t get much above 30 degrees, and snow and ice pellets are expected to continue falling lightly until the rain (and freezing rain) comes later in the afternoon.

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  1. FYI the parade was cancelled shortly before this comment was posted, at which point the post was also edited to say the parade was cancelled.

  2. I’m leader of the Piedmont Caledonia Pipes and Drums. We’re scheduled to be in your parade this afternoon. It is 9:15 am on Sunday morning. I just drove from my home near Orlean to the Orlean market to get a newspaper. The roads are already in very bad condition. I slid several times. We have enjoyed participating in the parade over the past decade, however I certainly do not intend to endanger my band members by requiring them to drive in these conditions. What incentive could you possibly have to encourage people to get out on the roads today?? This is an awful decision on your part.

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