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Lake Lanier Parade of Boats likely canceled due to weather
Rain, sleet, wind in the forecast for the weekend, early next week
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Thomas Bond, dressed as Santa Claus, stands on his boat during the 2017 Lake Lanier Parade of Boats in Buford, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

The weather is literally raining on Lake Lanier’s parade this weekend and forcing organizers to abbreviate their annual Parade of Boats on Saturday.

Wind, rain and sleet in the forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday likely mean that the parade will be canceled and, at most, boats will gather at a marina on the south end of the lake.

“Obviously there’s a major concern about the weather and the boats,” said Barkley Geib, an organizer of the parade. “I can safely say the parade is not going to happen.”

A captain’s meeting including the boats involved in the Christmas parade — which under normal circumstances includes a long train of boats decked in Christmas lights traveling among the lake’s marinas and islands — is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

At that meeting, organizers will decide how far to go with the event this weekend. About 60 boats were signed up to participate this year.

“We had 60 last year, too,” Geib said. “It would have been bigger had it not been for the weather.”

The Lake Lanier Parade of Boats is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier and Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes.

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Decorated boats are docked at Sunset Cove Marina during the 2017 Lake Lanier Parade of Boats in Buford, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. - photo by David Barnes
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