2010 Greenville Christmas Parade

The Greenville Christmas parade kicked off at 3:00 p.m. Sunday despite the rain.

The Greenville Jaycees organized the event, as they have for many years.

WITN had hoped to bring you the parade live on witn.com and WITN 7.2, but weather conditions did not allow that to happen.

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  • by Band Mom on Dec 13, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    I agree Kardon but what gets me is how I feel these adults are upset because the children did not play in the parade. They would have rather these children go out in the rain play their instruments and then let us band parents figure out how to pay for the repairs that would have to be done from the rain damage and either cleaning bills or replacing the uniforms. These kids have worked very hard for their band competitions and parades. I know we would have all loved to seen the bands play but I also know on the other side what that would have costed me & the band boosters who rely solely on the fundraising we do to buy the things we need for marching band. As I said previously maybe other school districts didn't mind since they wouldnt be responsible for fixing the instruments and maybe they have enough funds to fix uniforms or clean uniforms. If you hate it that bad then I'm sure ALL the highschools will take donations to the band boosters to help pay for things like that.
  • by To Informed on Dec 13, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    I don't know what radar they were looking at but I was looking at the radar at 12pm and it showed a line of heavy rain coming our way and my husband said it'd be here by 3pm and he was sure right. and trust me since we didn't go to the parade I went grocery shopping and it was not light rain at 3pm when I was putting my groceries in the car but heavy rain.
  • by Brooke Location: Greenville on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    The parade should have been canceled. They had a makeup day set just in case and it would have been next Sunday. I was VERY disapointed it wasn't canceled but went anyway...only to be even more disapointed that a lot of groups weren't able to be in it because of the rain.
  • by kardon Location: g'ville on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    I have been reading the posted comments about the parade and have come to the conclusion that there are some people that will not be satisfied at any decision that is made. Perhaps it would just be better to never have a parade again. How many protests will that bring? Maybe if we all just stop for a minute and think about the true meaning of Christmas, we might stop being so negative and hypocritical. Bless the few that had positive remarks (Michael-Vanceboro). Priceless. And to the sponsors and coordinators- Bless you all too! You had a difficult decision to make and I appreciate what you do. Organizing any event is difficult enough without being subjected to all this negativity and drama.
  • by band parent on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    To Stanley, Our Pitt co school System does not support the band programs in our schools. The uniforms that the students wear were purchased with money raised by the Band Booster students and parents. The uniforms cost around $400.00 each. As another poster stated they are made of wool and do not need to get wet. If the uniforms are ruined because of the rain we can not afford to replace them. My child plays a very expensive sax that has pads that should not get wet. If they do it is a $200.00 repair. 200 400 =600 The bands and parents don't have that kind of money to spare. The students put in a lot of after school hours practising for the parades because they love doing parades they just can't do them in the rain.
  • by yeah, right on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    The last few Christmas parades I attended anywhere had bands, all right. And all it seemed they were capable of playing was drums. What music? Gave me a headache.
  • by sally on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    why do all these businesses enter the parade just to drive through it? marketing that's why. no bands at a parade. parade in the rain!
  • by steve Location: gville on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    what parade? my son had to be on the parade- in the rain- b/c they were too lazy to reschedule it. there were about 50 people there. to top it off, no pics on witn site for those of us who were there and actually on a float. just can't understand why it wasn't canceled. a parade in the RAIN???? common sense...
  • by Stanley on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    I agree with some of the posters about no bands showing up, it should not happen. I guess it is a Pitt County School thing. I know of other parades that it rained this past weekend and the bands still showed up, not to mentioned the weekend before where it snowed that Saturday. I guess one of two things can be assumed, 1. The schools in those districts don't care if uniforms and instruments are damaged by water, or 2. Rain is not a big deal and the instruments will hold up fine. Like Stephanie pointed out, this is the second year in a row with no bands, so really you should call it the Greenville Christmas Cruising Event.
  • by Informed on Dec 13, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    I can tell you that the decision to continue with the parade was not an easy one. A call had to be made by noon. Radar and hourly forecast showed light rain at parade time which was the case. The parade has always been rain or shine until last year. This year a rain date was set in case of heavy rain. Understand that these dates need to be set far in advance in order to reserve things like professional floats. At parade time the forecast was light rain and mid 50's temps. The forecast for the rain date is more rain/freezing mix and temps in the low 40's. All the participants I spoke with agreed that they wanted to have the parade as scheduled rather than take their chances in freezing temperatures next week. Participants would have been more upset if they were sent home after standing in the rain for an hour or 2 for nothing. Most stayed and there was a large crowd of smiling faces along route. It was a good time.
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