Rainy forecast prompts changes to ceremonies, parades around AR

Rainy forecast prompts changes to ceremonies, parades around AR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A rainy forecast has prompted state officials to cancel the holiday fireworks display planned for Saturday at the state Capitol.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office says the annual Capitol lighting ceremony has been moved indoors to the second-floor rotunda. Forecasters are predicting a steady drizzle of rain and high temperatures in the 40s on Saturday.

Little Rock's annual holiday parade, which was set for Saturday, was postponed until Dec. 10.

The National Weather Service says heavy rainfall is possible through early next week. The southeast corner of the state is expected to see the most rain, and about 2 inches of rain is predicted through Tuesday morning for the Little Rock area.

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(KAIT) - Other events closer to Region 8 may have to make changes due to the forecast.

In Craighead County, the Monette parade will be postponed until Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., according to Joseph Russell, parade director.

In Searcy, alternate plans have been made for the Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.

The Searcy Police Department will make the determine if the parade is to go on as scheduled.

The department will update the status on their Facebook page. Residents can also call 501-268-3531 that day to find out more.

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