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Thunderstorms wash out the return of the Springtime Tallahassee Parade

A wet parade float sits idle.
Tom Flanigan
WFSU Public Media
Dozens of colorful floats were lined up on North Monroe Street Saturday morning awaiting the start of the parade. After event organizers pulled the plug due to the weather, the floats became part of the regular traffic flow on the reopened thoroughfare.

Fans of the Springtime Tallahassee Parade were hoping the third year would be the charm after a two-year pandemic pause. But steady lines of morning thunderstorms had the final say Saturday.

As thunder roared and lightning flashed, parade organizers delayed and ultimately canceled the parade. Those who'd been stuck in the rain on the floats, like these members of the governor's staff, could finally head for shelter...

"My dress is soaked!" exclaimed one woman as she alighted from the conveyance.

Craig Batchelor, with one of the visiting parade crews from Tampa, was philosophical about the whole thing.

"Hey, it didn't happen. But we had fun and the weather didn't cooperate, but there's always next year. It'll be bigger and better."

Eric King in the St. Andrew's Society Springtime Festival booth didn't seem to mind the rain at all.

"It's a Scottish day. It's a great day, here!" he said, slipping into a sly Scottish burr.

And, even as many Springtime participants made their soggy way home, one of the marching bands relocated to downtown's Bloxham Park where they kept playing amid the raindrops.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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