Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — If the weather forecasts are correct, this weekend could bring a white Christmas on the Green to downtown Piqua.
According to the National Weather Service, the might see 2-4 inches of snow. If that happens, as many of the holiday events as possible will go on today and Saturday, said Lorna Swisher of Mainstreet Piqua.
“It’s definitely going to impact what we do,” Swisher said. “We are monitoring the weather and we’ll proceed with as much of the event as we can, keeping in mind public safety.”
Swisher said it is difficult to cancel an event like Christmas on the Green on short notice. “There are so many moving parts and multiple vendors with an event like this; it would be hard to cancel, especially with 24-48 hours notice,” she said.
Swisher added that Mainstreet Piqua will post updates on the event on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mainstreetpiqua.
For those bold enough to brave the frosty weather, Christmas on the Green will offer activities including carriage rides, community caroling, children’s activities, costumed characters and other festivities spread over the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. Live performances will include the Piqua High School show choir “The Company” and the Lehman Limelighters.
Community caroling at the gazebo will begin at 7 p.m. today, following the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Christmas on the Green is supported by the French Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation, along with sponsorship support from Unity National Bank. A full schedule of events can be found on the Mainstreet Piqua website at www.mainstreetpiqua.com.
Also planned this weekend if weather permits is the Downtown Holiday Parade, which will step off from the corner of Main and North streets at 2 p.m. Saturday and make its way south on Main to High Street, then proceed to Downing Street. The theme of this year’s parade is “Star-Spangled Christmas.”