Friday and Saturday are two of the busiest days for Christmas events this holiday season in Monroe County but will the weather affect some of the events?
As of Tuesday, National Weather Service forecasters said there is a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday night and there is a 70 chance of rain on Saturday that drops to a 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday night. If notified of any event time changes, The Advocate & Democrat will post that information on our Facebook page.
Sweetwater Christmas Parade is Friday
Sweetwater is slated to kick things off at 7 p.m. on Friday night with one of the largest Christmas Parades in the area. The parade lines up on Mayes Avenue and makes its way south down Main Street before ending in the Plaza 68 Shopping Center.
The Sweetwater Kiwanis Club sponsors the parade, working with the City of Sweetwater. Last year was the largest parade of the first 36 years. The parade consisted of 46 floats, several hundred walkers, approximately 200 other motorized vehicles and antique cars, 50-75 horses and 25 pieces of fire equipment.
Over the years, the parade has been blessed with good weather with quite a few mild parades with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. In 2010, a deluge of rain forced the parade to move from Tuesday night to Friday night and it has been held on Friday nights since that time.
Parade organizers have told The Advocate & Democrat they are monitoring the weather as it gets closer to the event.
Four big events scheduled for Saturday
Christmas at the Fort
You can celebrate an 18th century Christmas at Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in Vonore on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Candlelight Tour of the fort at 6 p.m. will conclude the day. Re-enactors will help the fort come alive and rewind to yesteryears during this free event. For more information, call 423-420-2331 or visit the website at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/fort-loudoun.
This event will take place on Saturday as scheduled rain or shine. In the 18th century, events were not often postponed due to the weather!
Madisonville Christmas Parade
Keep Christ in Christmas” is the theme of the annual Madisonville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, which as of now is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. The parade will form on Anderson Drive by the Monroe Farmers Co-Op and travel north on College Street past the Courthouse and then follow the route from last year.
The grand marshalls are WVLT (Channel 8) TV anchors Alan Williams and Casey Wheeless.
The Madisonville Kiwanis Club has said it will wait until Friday or Saturday to make any decision on moving the parade date. The announced rain date has been Dec. 8 all along if necessary.
Candlelight Walk in Tellico Plains
The Cherokee Women’s Club continues to be the guiding force behind the 18th annual Candlelight Walk, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, from 4-9 p.m. in downtown Tellico Plains. Organizers have told The Advocate & Democrat this event will be held this Saturday rain or shine.
Candles will illuminate the windows of the shops, leading the way to a variety of holiday activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, a live Nativity scene, entertainment at the gazebo, food, vendors, visits and photographs with Santa and the Grinch, and a cookie caper. Proceeds from the Candlelight Walk go back into the community for scholarships, purchasing school supplies for schools, town beautification, library support, food pantry assistance, poetry and essay contests and more.
Vonore Christmas Parade
The Town of Vonore as of Tuesday will hold its Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. Organizers have told The Advocate & Democrat this parade will be held rain or shine on Saturday.
Lineup will be at Vonore Middle School at 4 p.m. with judging at 4:30 p.m. The parade will proceed through downtown and end at Vonore Baptist Church. Marshal Andy will be this year’s grand marshal. Vonore Public Library will be handing out books from their float.
Food and craft vendors will be on site, and there will be live music on the grounds of the library.
Immediately following the parade, there will be a tree lighting ceremony on the library grounds.
While the weather looks very questionable for this weekend’s events, if good fortune prevails and dry time slots can be found to hold them at least it will not be overly cold. Highs on Friday should be in the mid 50s and Saturday will see a high in the low 60s, forecasters said.