NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Volunteers with the Nine Flags Festival in Nacogdoches are hoping inclement weather won't dampen the event, which is scheduled for Saturday.
Special events, a parade and fireworks are on tap at the same time that rain is in the forecast.
"We have had a few phone calls," said Maury Littleton, the Nine Flags Parade chair. "A few hundred phone calls."
They were all asking Littleton, "Will the parade be canceled due to rain?"
"If we have dangerous weather, life threatening weather, of course, we will not have a parade," Littleton said. "We won't put everybody in jeopardy."
Otherwise, the parade will roll, rain or shine. Meanwhile, through Saturday night at 6:30, Littleton will practice the power of positive thinking.
"It's not going to rain on my parade," Littleton said. "It' not going to."
Volunteers join the mantra.
They're planning Friday's Millard's Crossing Old Fashioned Christmas. Then there's Saturday's Jingle Bell Run. That afternoon First United Methodist Church hosts a fun tuba concert and open house. Volunteers conduct the time-consuming planning, so Sherri Skeeters, the marketing director for Nacogdoches' Visitors and Convention Bureau, can concentrate on event marketing.
"We have an itinerary on our website, if you go to visitnacogdoches.org," Skeeters said.
For the first time, Holiday Inn Express is offering online holiday packages. Skeeters is wanting more hotels to offer discounted rates during special events.
"It's something we definitely want to grow and partnership and offer more packages throughout the years," Skeeters said.
The planning and the marketing are in place. Meanwhile, weather apps are kept close at hand to monitor the only occurrence that could dampen a good time.
"Channel 9 is on my phone," Littleton said. "That's who we rely on."
There's nothing like a little holiday stress.
Parade goers are reminded by Keep Nacodoches Beautiful to place all trash into cans placed along Main Street. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash of those who don't.
You can go to the KNB website to sign up. You can also just show up on the corner behind Regions Bank where volunteers will gather.