Students put final touches on float, weather fears loom

BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — The town of Bristol is making preparations for its annual Fourth of July parade and with Hurricane Arthur soon looming overhead, there’s a possibility it could be canceled.

The parade’s organizers told Eyewitness News that they are planning to hold the parade rain or shine on Friday morning. While officials are confident the parade will go on, Hurricane Arthur could bring lightning and flooding to the area, both of which would force organizers to cancel the parade for the first time in more than 100 years.

Uncertainty hung heavy in the air at Roger Williams University in Bristol on Thursday, where students were busy finishing a roughly 40-foot long float they have been working to complete since March.

“I wouldn’t say our hard work is going to waste but we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best and let it play out the way it’s meant to play out,” said student Shannon Coolahan. “I’m trying not to let it get to me, keep calm.”

Parade organizers are watching the weather closely, but as of noon on Thursday, the parade is still on.

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