Christmas Parade 2018 (FILE)

Lit up with Christmas lights, classic cars drive by during the 28th annual Cheyenne Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in downtown Cheyenne. More than 100 floats participated in the parade. Wyoming Tribune Eagle/file

CHEYENNE – The 29th annual Cheyenne Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for next Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Cheyenne due to wintry weather and a high wind warning effective until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Volunteers will still be needed for the parade, which was originally scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. today, with a Christmas tree lighting following the parade. 

Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce President Dale Steenbergen said the decision was made because of the hazardous travel conditions throughout the state. The National Weather Service has forecasted 65-plus mph winds in every part of Wyoming.

"All the interstates are closed," Steenbergen said. "We want folks from out in the county to come in and enjoy it, and it's pretty tough on the little ones when the wind is blowing 60 (mph)."

Steenbergen said he wasn't aware of any previous Christmas parade having to be rescheduled. While he acknowledged a few people and floats may not be able to participate next week, he said he was still expecting a great parade.

"We want to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time," he said.

Other announced closures are as follows:

  • The Laramie County Library will close at noon today. 
  • City transit operations will close at 3 p.m.
  • The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens will close at 5 p.m.
  • The Aquatics Center is closed.
  • The Ice and Events Center is closed.
  • The Civic Center opens at 7:30 p.m. Riders in the Sky and The Quebe Sisters doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Cheyenne Fire Department canceled its Christmas tree sales for the day.

This article will be updated to include additional closure announcements. 

Tom Coulter is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government reporter. He can be reached at tcoulter@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3124. Follow him on Twitter at @tomcoulter_.

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