Depending on which weather service you like, the rain chance for tonight’s Christmas Parade in Lakeland is 30% (The Weather Channel), 50% (Weather Underground) or 55% (Accuweather.) Festivities begin with fireworks over Lake Mirror at 7 p.m. More than 120 organizations are participating in the parade. If you stay home, you can watch via cable or Internet on LGN. Many people will watch from chairs they set up in advance, a practice that’s coming under fire. Here’s the parade map:
The city of Lakeland asked residents on Facebook this afternoon if they have questions about Thursday’s Christmas Parade. Boy, do they. But mostly they have comments. And a lot of them are about the practice of placing chairs along the downtown parade route a day or two or even three early. The consensus: Outlaw it. The reasons cited most often: safety and fairness.
Kimberly Wyant can’t believe her good fortune. After learning she would have to move her KRaP Art studio from its home near Lake Mirror, some business leaders helped her find a new spot that’s many times larger. “Sometimes blessings emerge from tragedy,” she said.