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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 12:00 am

BROWNSVILLE — Sorry Santa, Old Man Winter is going to rain on your parade — literally.

Brownsville’s 59th annual Christmas parade scheduled for Monday has been canceled because of possible inclement weather.

Carlos Bañales, executive director of Charro Days Fiesta, said city officials met Friday and after discussing what Monday’s weather is expected to be like, they opted to cancel the event. It will not be rescheduled.

“All in all the parade has been canceled officially,” Bañales said. “Due to inclement weather we cannot have it and it is in the best interest of all the children as well.”

The National Weather Service Office in Brownsville reports a cold front is expected to pass through the Rio Grande Valley late Sunday or early Monday. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain Monday with a daytime high near 62 degrees and a nighttime low around 45 degrees.

It is the rain that mostly concerned officials; they did not want the children who participate in the parade to be exposed to harsh conditions.

“To expose the children to that type of element would be crazy, it would not be called for,” Bañales said.

He said that officials tried to find another date to hold the parade, but could not because many parade participants have other commitments.

Drue Brown, spokeswoman for the Brownsville Independent School District, said news of the parade’s cancellation was sent to all of the district campuses and department administrators.

“Of course, it is disappointing to those in the district who planned to participate in the parade, but we certainly support the decision since it is based on health and safety concerns,” Brown said in a statement.

This is at least the second time the Christmas Parade was canceled due to bad weather, Bañales could recall.

“If we would get wind or it would be cold, I think we could still handle the cold and bundle up, but when you throw in the factor of rain it is not going to happen,” he said.

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