Rainy weather resulted in some holiday parade postponements in Santa Barbara County last weekend, and showers in the forecast could potentially dampen plans this Saturday as well.
The North County can expect about an inch of rain over the weekend, according to Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
The South Coast likely will see an inch to 1.25 inches. The heaviest downpours will be on Saturday night, Smith said.
However, foothill and mountain ares could receive as much as three inches of rain, Smith said.
The Holiday on Milpas Street Parade hosted by the Santa Barbara Eastside Society will run “rain or shine” on Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
There is a 50 % chance of rain in Santa Barbara on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Santa Barbara’s Boat Parade of Lights is scheduled for Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with an 80% chance of precipitation.
Parade organizers have not yet said whether this will be a rain-or-shine event.
The Goleta Old Town Holiday Parade, originally scheduled for last weekend, was moved to this weekend — on Saturday at 6 p.m. — due to the rain.
Parade organizers said they are still planning to hold the parade this weekend, and make a final decision as to whether it will be held on Saturday morning.
The National Weather Service is predicting a 60% chance of rain in Goleta on Saturday morning and a 90% chance of rain on Saturday night.
Guadalupe’s Christmas Parade, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Guadelupe takes place Saturday at 6 p.m.
Guadalupe is forecasted to have a 100 % chance of rain on Saturday night. According to parade officials, the parade will take place rain or shine.
Orcutt’s Christmas Parade will be a rain-or-shine event, within reason, according to parade organizers.
“We always put safety first,” parade organizer Kathryn Scott wrote in an email to Noozhawk. “If it’s a torrential downpour, we will cancel.”
Scott said entrants should be prepared for rain. Rain may damage equipment and made surfaces slippery. Scott said entrants are welcome to modify their entries to make them “rain-friendly”
“Safety is our number one priority,” Scott wrote in an email to Noozhawk. “If you choose not to participate, we understand, and we will see you in 2023.”
The parade takes place Saturday at noon. There is a 60% chance of rain in Orcutt on Saturday after 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade will be a rain-or-shine event.
The forecast predicts a 50% chance of rain in Carpinteria the day of the parade.
The procession takes place Saturday at 3 p.m. on Linden Avenue downtown, followed by Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Light Up a Life event at the Seal Fountain at 5:30 p.m.