By Richard Chang
The 30th annual Santa Parade will go on rain or shine Saturday, organizers said today.
Featuring floats, marching bands and youth groups, the parade kicks off its downtown route at 10:00 a.m. from 14th and N streets alongside Capitol Park. The route travels west on N Street to 9th Street, north on 9th to L, and west on L Street to 4th Street. The event has been cancelled only once for bad weather.
"Wind is the only reason we would cancel," said parade organizer Laurie Hensley. The highlight of the parade is a special visit from Santa Claus. The announcers' stands will be at 11th and N streets and 5th and L streets.
In past years, the parade has drawn more than 20,000 onlookers. But Hensley said the showing tomorrow is "anybody's guess."