Forecast forces cancellation of inauguration parade

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - For the second time this month, rain is forecast to race across central Mississippi.  And for the second time this month, that forecast has forced the inauguration parade to be scrapped.

Information provided by the National Weather Service in Jackson and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency indicates the potential for poor weather.

Governor Phil Bryant said he appreciates the hard work that has gone into planning the parade but holds the safety of citizens as top importance.  "I have consulted with forecasters, and based on available information, have decided to exercise caution and cancel the parade," Governor Phil Bryant said. "I was so excited to see the enthusiasm surrounding this event and appreciate everyone's hard work and preparation."

The inauguration parade was originally scheduled to be held January 10 through the streets of downtown Jackson.  And the Vancleave High School marching band was going to participate.  When rain forced the postponement to January 21, Vancleave had to pull out because too many band members had scheduling conflicts.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Band of Gold was planning on participating tomorrow.  But now, nobody will be marching because Saturday's rescheduled inauguration parade has been rained out again.

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