Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mad Hatter Parade postponed until Dec. 8th

2012-11-29 "Rainy weather postpones Vallejo's holiday events from Saturday to Dec. 8; Saturday's lighted boat parade also held Dec. 8" by Sarah Rohrs from "Vallejo Times-Herald"
Threat of steady rain and strong wind has put a damper on Vallejo's holiday events scheduled for Saturday - but just for one week, organizers said.
Mad Hatter Holiday Festival organizers decided Thursday to postpone Saturday's downtown Vallejo parade and tree lighting ceremony until Dec. 8.
Likewise, Greater Vallejo Recreation District will postpone its Saturday events at Children's Wonderland Park and also hold them on Dec. 8.
For both events it will be same time, same place - just a different day.
The Mad Hatter downtown parade will start at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 followed by the tree lighting ceremony behind the JFK Library.
Later, GVRD will hold its festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec., 8 which include a tree lighting event, carolers, cookie workshops, plus Santa reading "The Night Before Christmas"
Malifrando said that while Saturday may clear up, the threat of rain posed too great of a risk.
"I just felt that even though there may be pockets of sunshine half of the people won't show up because they won't want to get wet," Mad Hatter organizer Frank Malifrando said.
Weather forecasts call for another storm system to roll in Saturday with 90 percent chance of rain.
By contrast, the forecast for Dec. 8 indicates a 10 percent chance of rain.
Another factor in postponement was that some festival favorite participants, such as the pony and dragon which shoot flames, were not keen on taking a chance of rain Saturday, Malifrando said.
"You have to look at the public and people and their perception. If it looks like you will have no let up on the rain you will have lesser of a parade. You can't get enough people and it looks dismal," he said.
"You want to be able to 'wow' the people," Malifrando added.
This Saturday will not be without holiday festivities, however, in the downtown are.
A Steam Punk-inspired Alice in Wonderland palace will be open 1 to 7 p.m. at 620 Marin St. with live entertainment by FiddleAroundcq and Thee Hobo Gebbelins.
Vendors, costumed characters and photos with Santa will also be held in that space, Malifrando said.
Following those events, a Masked Ball will be held in the same location.
On Sunday, holiday festivities continue with a home tour featuring Vallejo's architectural treasures, plus a reception at Dance Unlimited.
The Saturday evening lighted boat parade at the Vallejo Yacht Club was scheduled to take place rain or shine, but club manager Thursday said the event would also be postponed to Dec. 8.
The traditional lighted boat parade takes place when it starts to get dark, about 6 p.m.

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