All eyes were on the sky as parade time approached in Downtown Boone on Saturday afternoon. Rain was in the forecast and the weather radars were showing a band of showers slowly approaching. And 30 minutes before the start of the 2:00 parade, the rains did indeed come. But the parade went on and a festive crowd lined King Street as the rain-soaked parade participants carried on past folks under umbrellas and under store front overhangs. There were lots of cheering and waving – and big smiles from the kids as Santa Claus made his appearance at the end of the parade. Everyone seemed happy that the parade went on!