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The possible Friday downpour has East Tennessee residents concerned about their weekend plans, but they aren't discouraged. High school football state finals and a Knoxville holiday tradition are a couple of large outdoor events taking place Friday during the predicted storm.

Alcoa High School faces off against Christ Presbyterian Academy for the state title on Friday. A day predicted to be a complete downpour. Unless there is lightning, the game will go on.

"Couple years ago we visited White House in Nashville. It was an absolute monsoon and we still ran for probably 300 yards on the ground that particular night," said Alcoa High School booster club member John Morgan.

Despite a possibly damp match-up, parents and fans are still going to push through and watch their team fight for number one.

"If we are going to travel into Kentucky to follow these kids and what they do, I guarantee that a hundred miles and time zone change and a little bit of rain is not going to stop us," said Morgan.

One of the dedicated fan groups is called the Alcoa Goon Squad. They are preparing for the harsh conditions.

"Lots of trash bags, rain jackets, hats, gloves, warm socks, rain boots... We are not there to look pretty. We are there to support our kids," said booster club member Mary Beth Warwick.

Football fans are ready for the elements.And so is the city of Knoxville.The annual WIVK Christmas Parade is expected to go-- rain or shine. Kyndra Brewer with the city of Knoxville is holding out hope that the rain won't come.

"Last July it was raining all over East Tenn. and it did not rain the fourth of July and that was supposed to be the day we get our biggest storm. We are hoping we will luck out with the weather again," said Brewer.

She said the only way the parade will be affected is if lightning enters the area. The parade will then come to a halt to wait out the storm. She said the last time they had to shut down the parade was nearly a decade ago.

Brewer also said the skating rink in Market Square will not shut down from the rain, either.

The Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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