For 35 years — rain or shine — there has been a Christmas Parade in downtown Placerville on the first Sunday in December. So what happens the first year the city of Placerville takes it over? It wimps out and cancels the event due to a little rain.
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The parade has always taken place in sunshine and in some terrific downpours and storms, snow and freezing temperatures.
Did no one at City Hall watch the TV weather forecast? Everyone else saw that the rain was going to end by noon. It ended before then. The parade was supposed to start at 1 p.m. By then sunshine was peeking through the clouds.
The city didn’t just screw up the 36th parade, but it threw a monkey wrench into the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. All parade participants were to bring a toy for the Toys for Tots program. Some often brought lots of toys. And barrels set out by the Belltower were filled by bystanders.
The organizers of this year’s Toys for Tots program will have their barrels out by the Belltower this weekend. Bring your toy or cash donations 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 to the Belltower. Gifts can be for boys and girls ages birth to 13. And if you can’t drop them off at the Belltower this weekend, there are boxes all over town where they can be dropped off including the Mountain Democrat, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Raley’s, Thompson’s Toyota or GMC store, Cuppa Coffee, Kelsey’s Needle Krafts , River City Bank, Arian’s Supply Sergeant or go to the Website for more information at edt4t.org, call 530-344-9384, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
City management staff ought to get out of Grinch mode and help out Saturday and Sunday.