Strong rain soaks Knoxville Christmas parade

All of Friday night's rain made for an interesting Christmas parade in downtown Knoxville.

Wet weather hit the 41st installment of the WIVK Christmas parade hard. A strong rain took over most of this year's event.

But, it wasn't enough to keep people from taking in the parade.

"I enjoy Christmas time and try to take every opportunity that I can to take my son out to see the lights and all of the festivities," said Knoxville resident Ericka Pirtle.

The crowd had fewer people than last year, but the turnout still surprised some.

"I was not expecting this," said Knoxville resident Cassandra Sampson, who was attending the parade for the first time. "There was a lot more people here than I thought."

But, the rain did put a damper on First Friday downtown.

Erin Ketron, a salesperson at Earth to the Old City on Market Square, said business was down in comparison to other First Fridays.

"We're trying to get people in, but we just can't keep the door open like we usually do, because of the cold," she said.


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