The clouds parted just in time for the annual Beaufort Christmas parade Sunday, but the cold still made it an unusual experience for the event.
“It was almost like a miracle,” Pat Harvey-Palmer said Sunday. She added jokingly, “Everyone thinks I have powers with the Almighty. I’m going to keep working on that.”
Nearly every participant who signed up came out despite the cold, Harvey-Palmer said. She said about 10 groups out of the 100 dropped out.
“It was as good as it could be under the circumstances,” Harvey-Palmer said. “Some people dropped out, and I understand the groups with little kids and animals.”
The Marine Corp. Band — always a big draw for the parade — also was able to participate. There was some worry it could rain, and they would have to pull from the event as well.
“It was still a huge parade and everyone it it was still happy ..... and cold,” Harvey-Palmer said. “This is a parade people get excited about. It is the atmosphere of Christmas. There is a different attitude about this parade.”
The parade moved down Boundary Street, Adventure Street and Carteret just after 3 p.m. This is the first year the city organized the parade. It has been run by Main Street Beaufort in the past.